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The Rundown -- July 9


RFE/RL in the Media
# Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Afghanistan video of Abdullah speech
Russia
# "Putin's Secret Weapon" - Mark Galeotti, Foreign Policy
# Moscow accuses U.S. of "kidnapping" alleged Russian hacker
# Navalny publishes photos of alleged Rotenberg mansion
Ukraine
# "Winning the Information War" - Jakub Parusinski, "Kyiv Post"
# "Aid Elusive, Crimea Farms Face Hurdles"- Neil MacFarquhar, "New York Times"
# "Inside The Quiet Struggle For LGBT Rights In Ukraine" - Rebecca McCray, ThinkProgress
# Steven Pifer takes on Stephen Cohen's claims about crisis in the east
# AP appoints Pete Leonard Kyiv bureau chief
Iraq
# UN says Islamic State executed imam of mosque where Baghdadi preached
# Iraq VP to U.S.: Stay Out of Our Civil War
# Chinese hackers are really curious about the U.S. and Iraq
# Jihadi brides from West seek lives with militants on the front lines
Iran
# Khamenei says Iran needs significantly greater uranium enrichment
# Iranian lawmakers want to restrict Khatami from public
# Iranian reporter sentenced to two years in prison and 50 lashes
# "Iran's Russia Problem" - Mark Hibbs, Carnegie
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah has not declared a parallel government, but says he won vote
# Crisis risks "splitting country"
# "Pakistan's War At Home" - Shahid Javed Burki, Project Syndicate
# On army foray, "get used to disappointment"
Central Asia
# Uzbek food in Queens and Brooklyn
# Video: CNBC analysis of Kazakhstan tourism push
Caucasus
# Beard-shaving attack stokes sectarian tension in Azerbaijan
Of Interest
# The next big programming language you've never heard of
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