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The Rundown -- October 23


RFE/RL in the Media
# Radio Farda cited in Global Voices story on conservative media coverage of acid attacks
# Central Asia Online cites RFE/RL Turkmen Service on Turkmenistan's attempts to fortify its border with Afghanistan
Russia
# Russian economy stalled in September
# Andrei Tsygankov argues Russian "strong-state" better than Western style democracy
# Russian violations of airspace/maritime in Baltics growing
# "Mud and Loathing on Russia-Ukraine Border" - Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg
Ukraine
# 6,000 year old temple with sacrificial alters discovered in Ukraine
# EU approval of Russian pipeline may be seen as a move against Ukraine
# Crimeans won't have much representation in the next parliament
# "Ukrainians See Election Reviving Lost Ardor for Change" - Kateryna Choursina, Daryna Krasnolutska and Peter Laca, Bloomberg
Eastern Europe
# Russia to stop meat imports from Moldova
# For Czech firms it's "destination Belarus"
# "Surviving 'Europe's Last Dictator' in Belarus" - Will Nicoli, "Moscow Times"
Iraq/Syria
# Four guards convicted in 2007 Blackwarter shooting
# Attempted kidnapping in Turkey shows reach of IS
# Senior al-Qaeda fighter pleads for IS to spare Kassig
# Syrian military steps up airstrikes against rebels
# How IS performs a stoning of an alleged adulterer
Iran
# More acid attack protests in Iran
# Who will be Iran's next supreme leader?
# Carter said he could have "wiped Iran off the map"
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. ordered to explain withholding of torture photos
# Police reportedly selling arms to Taliban in Kandahar
# Economic optimism returns to Afghanistan
# Pakistan Taliban spokesman sacked after pledging allegiance to IS
# "Following the New Silk Road" - Erica Marat, "Diplomat"
Central Asia
# Tajikistan looks to China as Russian remittances dry up; while the country also touts itself as investment frontier
# Kazakhstan to offer caviar baths to tourists
# Farm family in Kyrgyzstan "rehabilitates" troubled teens from Germany
Caucasus
# "Azerbaijan's Increasingly Intolerant Regime" - Gunay Ismayilova and Samir Kazimki, "New York Times"
# "Economist" on Leyla Yunus
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