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The Rundown -- February 17

RFE/RL in the Media
# Guardian cites RFE/RL interview with Ivan Krastev
# Peter Pomerantsev's family ties to RFE/RL mentioned in New York Times profile
# Russian crooner Iosif Kobzon sanctioned -- a profile
# Kremlin making itself felt in Europe
# "The American Education of Vladimir Putin" - Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy, Atlantic
# VKontakte takes some steps towards copyright respect
# Despite ceasefire, heavy clashes continue in Debaltseve; Russian control of main road seems to spell doom
# Could giving Ukraine weapons make for a quicker peace?
# Timothy Garton Ash: "a Syria in Europe" possible as long as Putin controls eastern Ukraine
Eastern Europe
# Romania sends ambulances to Moldova in tug-of-war with Russia
Middle East/North Africa
# Egyptian jets strike IS targets in Libya after mass execution video
# U.S. intensifies efforts against IS propaganda
# BBC Video: Room for optimism in Baghdad?
# "What ISIS Really Wants" - Graeme Wood, Atlantic
# China's foreign minister pushes Iran on nuclear deal
# "Washington’s Third Option Against a Nuclear Iran" - Raymond Tanter, Foreign Policy
# Netanyahu may have leaked U.S. secrets to harm Iran negotiations
# Bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan kills female politician
# "The Afghan Militant in the Photo? The Wrong Man, and He’s Not Happy" - Taimor Shah and Joseph Goldstein, New York Times
# What does Musharraf's admission about proxies tell us about Pakistan today?
# Armenia withdraws peace accords with Turkey from parliament
Central Asia