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The Rundown -- April 29


RFE/RL in the Media

# BBC cites RFE/RL Uzbek Service on broadcast towers being rigged to self-destruct
# Read Tom Balmforth in "The Atlantic" on Ukraine's invisible presidential election
# "The Independent" cites Claire Bigg's interview with Conchita Wurst
Russia
# List of those added to U.S. sanctions
# What it means
# "Putin's Useful Idiots" - Slawomir Sierakowski, "New York Times"
# "An Internet Censorship Law Right Out of '1984'" - Victor Davidoff, "Moscow Times"
# Eight killed in drug rehab center fire in far east
# Schroeder celebrates 70th with Putin (in German)
Ukraine
# "Amid Crisis Ukraine's Jews Say 'Leave Us Out of It'" - Sabra Ayres, Christian Science Monitor
# Ukraine has lost at least $80 billion since Russia took Crimea
# Is the press serving as a platform for thugs?
# "Kyiv's Brittle Spring" - Natalia Antonova
# "Ukraine: Hate in Progress" - Tim Judah, "New York Review of Books
# Ostrovsky describes the SBU basement
Eastern Europe
# Is Lukashenka the real winner in Ukraine?
# Infographic: Aircraft deploying to eastern Europe
# Visa free travel from Moldova begins
Iraq
# Militants pose threat on eve of elections
# Iraq prepares for "bitter, bloody" election battle
Iran
# Iran and Russia discuss over $10 billion in electricity deals
# Controversial "I am Rohani" film
# Formerly underground singer steps into Iran spotlight
# Khatami urges freedom for political prisoners
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# A "war of narratives" in Pakistan
# Lessons from eastern Afghanistan
# Afghan "torturer in chief" now lives in the U.S.
# Will ties with Pakistan improve under a new Afghan president?
Caucasus
# Human rights advocate and husband detained in Azerbaijan
# Former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan says conditions in the country are the worst ever
Central Asia
# Tajikistan government trying to prevent opposition revenue streams
# Year after inglorious fall, Turkmen president wins Horse Day again
Of Interest
# An Egyptian judge, nicknamed "the butcher"
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