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The Rundown -- January 16

RFE/RL in the Media
# France24 uses RFE/RL Armenian service video of protests in Gyumri
# Group of Russian "patriots" formed to "defend" Russia from protesters
# The CIA tweets in Russian
# Russia warns media they will be blacklisted for publishing Charlie Hebdo
# "Russian Sanctions: Are We There Yet?" - Robert Kahn, Newsweek
# Human Rights Watch head says test for reformed Ukraine will be recognizing human rights' violations in east
# On the civilians caught in between the fight for the ruined Donetsk airport
# Ukraine continues to add foreigners to its government
Eastern Europe
# Kerry promises to help Bulgaria reduce its dependence on Russia for energy
# "Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric Thrown Into Heart of Politics" - Hamaza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, AP
# Nusra releases two Italian woman who had been held since last July
# Former House Intel chair says there should be a "discussion" about Turkey's roll in NATO
# Obama and Menendez spar over Iran
# Is Hizbollah going broke?
# Powerful bloc left out of key cabinet posts in new Afghanistan government
# Can a Singapore-style anti-corruption campaign work in Afghanistan?
# Kabul arrests five militants suspected of role in Pakistan school attack
# Pakistani lawmakers march, chant "death to blasphemers" in response to Charlie Hebdo cartoons
Central Asia
# Tajikistan human rights lawyer jailed for nine years
# Hundreds protest in Armenia as prosecutor promises to ask Russians to turn over alleged murderer
# Azerbaijan legislators hold hearing on human rights situation in the U.S.
# Trial of rights activist Jafarov begins in Azerbaijan
# Serbian PM visits Kosovo
Of Interest