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The Rundown -- November 7


RFE/RL in the Media

# Andrew Sullivan's The Dish quotes Golnaz Esfandiari's coverage of the Iranian press reaction to congressional elections
# RFE/RL Russian Service cited in "Moscow Times" on Soviet-era dissident's trouble renewing his passport
Ukraine
# Backgrounds on the people who "observed" the separatist vote
# East Germans wary of helping Ukraine
Russia
# Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to defend Putin
# Prominent Echo Moskvy journalist fired over tweet by Gazprom media
# Putin defends Molotov-Ribbentrop pact
# Russia's currency is plummeting
Eastern Europe
Iraq/Syria
# U.S. strike may have killed key French Khorasan Group jihadist
# Iraq's brutal Shi'ite militias
# Pentagon acknowledges more than 600 reported chemical weapons exposure in Iraq
# On trying to shut down IS Twitter accounts
Iran
# Obama wrote secret letter to Khamenei about fighting IS
# Ten tails of Iran and Europe
# Iran building "new Hizbollah" in Syria
# Iran’s dog walkers could face 74 lashes
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# In Afghanistan, TV soap sends messages of hope
# The complete VICE doc: "Afghanistan: What we're leaving behind"
# Pakistan police officer kills 'blasphemer' with axe
Caucasus
# PM calls Alasania "adventurer, stupid and ambitious"
# Does Tbilisi have its own "Yanukovychs?"
# Azerbaijani Ambassador to UK says country is on "a journey towards human rights"
Central Asia
Uzbekistan's cruel cotton conundrum
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