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The Rundown -- April 25


RFE/RL in the Media

# Buzzfeed uses report by Golnaz Esfandiari on Iranians shaving their heads in support of prisoners
# Read Robert Coalson in Defense One on Moldova's east-west crisis
# In call to reform international broadcasting, Heritage criticizes RFE/RL corporate board structure
Russia
# More war of words between Kerry and Lavrov
# Russia creates Edward Snowden Internet Media Award
# Chief editor of RT tweets "Ukraine R.I.P."
# Russia warns foreign firms that if they go they won't soon come back
# "Is Russia Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?" - Sean Guillory, "The New Republic"
# "Why Russia's Soft Internet Censorship Will Fail" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Ukraine
# "Moscow's War in Ukraine Relies on Local Assets" - Mark Galeotti, "Moscow Times"
# "New York Times" public editor criticizes story on Ukraine photos linked to Russia
# Who are the "brains" behind the separatist movement
# Pro-Russian protesters control biggest weapons cache in eastern Europe
Europe
# Does Moscow view Transdniester as a tool "for achieving other priorities" rather than as its next expansionary prize?
# "Eastern Europe Frets About NATO’s Ability to Curb Russia" - Steve Erlanger, "New York Times"
Iraq
# Sistani appears to tacitly endorse al-Maliki's rival
# U.S. may charge Blackwater guard for 2007 massacre
Iran
# U.S. protests Iran's election to UN NGO committee
# Iran to increase gasoline prices
# Rohani seeks to limit Revolutionary Guard's role in politics
# Students protest during conservative politician's speech
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Security guard kills three Americans at hospital in Kabul
# Video: Militants increasingly attacking western civilian targets
# Can Afghanistan's democratic press survive?
# Pakistan "encouraged" by Indian frontrunner Modi
# Pakistan targets militant hideouts by Afghan border
Caucasus
# Right of return for Armenians to Turkey?
# Sarkisian speaks on genocide denial at Eastern Partnership summit
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan approves agreement on air defense system
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