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The Rundown -- September 17

RFE/RL in the Media
# Reuters and Yahoo use RFE/RL Crimean video of armed men surrounding Crimean Tatar Mejlis building
# Carnegie suggests outlets like RFE/RL should broadcast in the Baltics
# Washington Free Beacon cites RFE/RL coverage of vote in Crimea
# Patriarch Kirill given SU-35 fighter jet
# Kremlin-connected oligarch Usmanov buys full control of VKontakte
# Russia's 15th richest man placed under house arrest
# New NASA spacecraft will end U.S. reliance on Russian Soyuz
# "How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?" - Alix Rijckaert and Michel Viatteau, AFP
# Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers eastern Ukraine elections
# Ukrainians throw Party of Regions MP into dumpster outside parliament
# Syrian opposition blasts reports that it signed truce with IS
# IS rape campaign across Iraq and Syria
# Pentagon sees possible role for U.S. ground forces in Iraq
# How to make money in Iraq defending those charged with terrorism
# Ghani campaign strategist on how he won "fair and square"
# Pakistan politician forced off flight after forcing passengers to wait two hours (the video)
# How Iran could become "shadow enemy" of U.S. in IS campaign; or are they allies?
# "Iran Lawsuit Has Eric Holder Terrified" - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg
# Is Rohani's Iran tilting East?
Central Asia
# Nixon once refused to leave Soviet Union without recipe for plov
# In Kazakhstan, gays threatened with blood test
# "Ukraine Should Avoid Kazakhstan's Example" - Casey Michel, "Moscow Times"