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The Rundown -- October 8


RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Times" cites RFE/RL Russia analysis
# Slate cites Tom Balmforth's coverage of Putin hagiography on his birthday
# Al Arabiya cites RFE/RL Crimean unit reporting on Putin (VV) toilet paper
Russia
# How Russia celebrated Putin's birthday
# Syrian rebels reportedly seize Russian spy station
# "Russia’s Unwelcome Citizens" - Olga Zeveleva, "New York Times"
# Russia on the edge of a long recession
Ukraine
# Ukraine ceasefire "a mirage"
# Up to a dozen Ukraine officials have succumbed to "trash bucket challenge"
# Ukrainian students will take Russia's place in FLEX
# Russian man faces up to seven years in prison for fighting in Azov battalion
Eastern Europe
# Lithuanian FM says Russia "testing" Baltic states
Iraq/Syria
# Why U.S. airstrikes don't seem to be working so far
# Why did the US help the Kurds in Iraq but not in Syria?
# The real ideology driving IS
Iran
# Instagram's "rich kids of Tehran" are really rich
# "Is the World Still Afraid of Iran?" - Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera
# Church of England vicar denies backing ‘anti-Semitic hate-fest’ in Iran
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# A profile of Pakistan's new spy chief
# Military chief says 14,000 FATA men will join army in next five years
# "Pakistan: The Allure of ISIS" - Ahmed Rashid, "New York Review of Books"
Caucasus
# Russian culture days to make debut in Armenia
# RIA Novosti on possible training of Syrian opposition fighters in Georgia
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan selling bonds for the first time in 14 years to avoid Argentina scenario; a $1 billion bet

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