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The Rundown -- May 20


RFE/RL in the Media

# Carl Schreck cited in "New Republic" on Russian state TV using old footage
Ukraine
# Ahmetov calls for rallies today in Donetsk and Luhansk
# "A Vote for Ukrainian Freedom" - Yulia Tymoshenko, "New York Times"
Russia
# In first sign of cooperation, Twitter blocks Right Sector account in Russia
# China is likely to get the better end of an oil deal with Russia
# Congress targets Russia's "Satan missile"
# Russia's strengthening far-right
# Communist party leader turns some heads in Adidas tracksuit at Stalin grave
# "The Birth of a Eurasian Century" - Pepe Escobar, Huffington Post
# Profile of Russia's modern-day "Rasputin" now linked to events in Ukraine (2013)
Eastern Europe
# "Moldova: EU integration or Mother Russia?" - Tamila Varshalomidze, Al Jazeera
# "Nato Looks Divided and its Eastern Members Look Exposed" - Steven Pifer, "Financial Times"
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Castles in the Air: Afghans Pay a Heavy Price for Uncertainty" - Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni, Reuters
# "A New Dawn for Afghanistan?" - Sanjay Kumar, Dawn
# Pakistan "hopeful" of thaw in ties with India
# In India, signs from Pakistan have been "uniformly negative"
# Pakistan judge dismisses case against FBI agent arrested with ammunition in luggage
Iran
# Iran professor criticizes state's policy toward Israel in speech
# Iran's American World Cup player
# Iran's "forgotten" Baha'i prisoners
# "When Freedom Is the Right to Stay Under Wraps" - Thomas Erdbrink, "New York Times"
Iraq
# Al-Maliki party wins most seats in vote
Balkans
# Flood destruction "terrifying"
Of Interest
# Twitter considering buying SoundCloud
# Wikileaks and Greenwald have a bit of a disagreement
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