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The Rundown -- December 12

RFE/RL in the Media
# Buzzfeed on the Khadija Ismayilova detention and why it may mean the "end of free speech" in Azerbaijan
# "Washington Post" editorial on Ismayilova
# Ismayilova lawyer disbarred
# Crimean de facto prime minister comes with Putin to India
# Putin's friends still reaping billions, but perhaps causing tension outside his circle
# Russia raises interest rate to 10.5 percent; is Russia's economic crisis being overstated?
# Moscow "shocked" by CIA torture report
# "A New Reformist Offensive in Ukraine" - Anders Aslund, "Kyiv Post"
# "The Corrupt Cops of Rebel-Held East Ukraine" - Kristina Jovanovski, Daily Beast
# How a 29-year-old Ukrainian made a billion on Russian gas
# Christian Caryl: The biggest threat to Ukraine is corruption, not Putin
Eastern Europe
# Baghdad presses Hagel for greater military support
# "Guardian" long read: "ISIS: The Inside Story"
# IS used predatory tactics to convince American teens to join
# TV channel says most popular IS Twitter account is run by an Indian executive
# Iran reporting: The "risks, rewards and mysteries"
# Is Iran stalling for time in nuclear negotiations?
# Detention of "Washington Post" reporter taking "devastating toll" on him
# U.S. closes its final detention center in Afghanistan
# "Afghanistan Uncertainties" - Geoffrey Norman, "National Review"
# Malala plans to return to Pakistan next year
# FBI investigation into ex-US diplomat casts cloud over relations with Pakistan
Central Asia
# Rock star takes trip to Uzbekistan and doesn't perform at party
# 20th Century Fox reportedly to open Kazakhstan office