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The Rundown -- October 9

RFE/RL in the Media
# Huffington Post Italian cites RFE/RL Crimean unit report on Putin toilet paper
# Top Russian officials starting to realize economy is in trouble; "perfect storm" of bad news for Russian ruble
# Russian economy minister criticizes legislation, passed in Duma, that would compensate those affected by Western sanctions
# The congressman who spied for Russia
# Zakharchenko says Strelkov alienated separatist fighters with his disregard for urban areas
# Ten-a-day are dying in eastern Ukraine, despite cease-fire
# "Luhansk, Ukraine: City of Ghosts" - Christopher Miller, Mashable
# Captured Ukrainian pilot's sister to run for parliament
Eastern Europe
# Is Belarus beginning to thaw?
# Two months of U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, mapped
# Iraqi scholar burns his books to protest Yazidi ethnic cleansing
# Kobani shakes Turkish-Kurd relations
# Khamenei issues red lines ahead of critical nuclear talks
# Why U.S. and Iran aren't quite on the same side in IS fight
# "Let Go of Grudges Against Cuba, Iran" - Stephen Kinzer, "Boston Globe"
# U.S. intensifying Afghanistan airstrikes as drawdown nears
# Five priorities for Afghanistan
# Amnesty condemns execution of five men in rape case
# Polio cases continue to grow in Pakistan
# The boy from Kosovo who grew up to be a suicide bomber
Central Asia
# Nazarbayev's "Wall Street Journal" op ed