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The Rundown -- January 7


RFE/RL in the Media

# Huffington Post on "Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan"
# The Guardian reports on Khaled Hosseini joining calls to release Azerbaijani writer Khadija Ismayilova
# The Guardian reports that some compare Russia's Sputnik to VOA and RFE/RL
# Washington Times cites RFE/RL reporting on Putin decree allowing foreigners to serve as military contractors
Russia
# "How Russians Are Sent to Fight in Ukraine" - James Rupert, Newsweek
# Putin's lobbyists in Washington
# Fourth Russian general commits suicide in less than a year
# Attackers storm gay nightclub in southern Russia
# Russia isn't paying its national football coach
Ukraine
# Ukraine's approval of Russia's leadership dives almost 90 percent
# "The War Came to Me" - Christopher Miller, Mashable
# "Can This Man Save Ukraine's Economy?" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Iraq/Syria/Turkey
# Turkey detains Dutch journalist on same day as Dutch FM is in town
# The anatomy of conspiracy theories
# Senior IS official beheaded
# "ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum" - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Atlantic
Iran
# Hardliners strike back at Rohani
# Weekly Standard proposes Republican Iran sanctions strategy
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghans encouraged to get last names
# Thousands flee Kashmir amid heavy shelling
# Lawmakers pass constitutional amendment allowing military tribunals for Islamic militants
Caucasus
# Armenia tries to keep foot in West
# Gunfire "daily reality" in Azerbaijan and Armenia conflict zone
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