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The Rundown -- January 28

RFE/RL in the Media
# In the Guardian, Murad Gassanly suggests a less hostile approach in dealing with Azerbaijan to encourage release prisoners like Khadija Ismayilova
# Pre-trial detention of Ismayilova covered by Reuters; Soros presses Azerbaijan to loosen crackdown
# Washington Post cites Yelena Polyakovskaya's interview with an Auschwitz liberator
# Yahoo News covers interview by RFE/RL's Radio Farda of woman who survived Auschwitz because of a clerical error
# Buzzfeed links RFE/RL feature about Russia-Ukraine/Poland Auschwitz fight
# New Greek PM denounces EU Council statement blaming Russia for violence in eastern Ukraine; new Greek FM pictured with Dugin; defense chief with Pushkov in January
# EU likely to consider further sanctions at a summit next month
# Russian weight loss club proposes Siege of Leningrad diet
# The boring life of a Russian spy in the United States
# "Remember Russia? It’s Still Doomed" - Matt O'Brien, Washington Post
# Separatists make more advances in Donetsk suburbs
# "Save the New Ukraine" - Bernard-Henri Levy and George Soros, New York Times
# Video: Vice News on the civilians caught in between the fighting
# Canada's troops keep getting into firefights in Iraq
# Map: How the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria has surged since October
# Kurdish protectors vow to keep their 'Jerusalem'
# "Our Man in Damascus" - Wall Street Journal
# Menendez urges delay in his Iran sanctions legislation
# Iran says it warned Israel about "revenge" through U.S. diplomatic channels
# "The Netanyahu Disaster" - Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic
# Falling oil prices draining Rohani's political capital
# Ahmadis no longer finding refuge in Sri Lanka
# What Pakistan makes of the Obama-Modi chemistry
# OSCE calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease hostilities
Central Asia
# Black cars reportedly banned by customs officials in Turkmenistan
# Kazakhstan strains reserves to smooth way for gradual devaluation
Of Interest