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The Rundown -- August 1


RFE/RL in the Media
# Brian Whitmore interviewed on Czech 24
Ukraine
# "For Eastern Ukrainians, a Growing Doubt: Is Russia Manipulating Us?" - Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor
# Ukraine economy accelerates decline
# Vice dispatch: uncovering the mass graves
# "The Ukraine Crisis Explained In GIFs And In-Depth Policy Papers From Esteemed Political Institutions"
Russia
# Russia's blogger law goes into effect today
# Putin has unleashed forces he can't control
# Is Moscow using Ukrainian refugees to shift balance in Muslim-majority regions?
# The cats that guard the Hermitage
# A rundown of Russian memes
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan vote audit will restart over the weekend
# Rare sectarian attack in Afghanistan, where 14 Shi'ite Muslims are killed
# U.S. says Pakistan Waziristan offensive is disrupting militant attacks
# At least 32 people drown at Karachi beach
Iran
# Quds forces scoff at calls to disarm Hamas
# Is Gaza making a nuclear deal less likely?
# Iran reportedly considering banning Samsung over Israeli commercial
Iraq
# Iraq conflict has benefited Assad
# Pro-government militias' "trail of death"
Central Asia
# Tajikistan opposition feels heat ahead of elections
Caucasus
# Amnesty sharply criticizes arrests in Azerbaijan
Of Interest
# Turkey's "Twitter spies"
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