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The Rundown -- February 19


RFE/RL in the Media

# Washington Post publishes Khadija Ismayilova's letter from prison
# Newsweek cites Brian Whitmore and his Power Vertical on Russia's waning influence
# PRI interviews Daisy Sindelar on her My Ukraine project
# YahooNews uses video from RFE/RL's Current Time behind separatist front lines
Ukraine
# Soldiers recount "painful retreat" from Debaltseve
# After Debaltseve, what's next? Germany says peace plan damaged, not dead
# Ukraine crisis in maps
Russia
# Forty-two percent of Russians believe the Internet is being used by foreign countries against it
# Orban tries to play down Putin's visit to Hungary, which was apparently requested by the Russian president
# British defense secretary warns of Russian threat to Baltics
# Only one price (oil) matters at Russia's Central Bank
Middle East
# The Kurdish "Mad Max gunmaker"
# Libya asks UN Security Council to lift arms embargo to fight IS
# ThinkProgress rebuttal of Graeme Wood's piece on ideology of IS
# NYT Video: From a Cairo private school to IS killing fields
Iran
# Khamenei says he could use gas exports as a lever in nuclear negotiations
# Lawyer chosen to represent Washington Post reporter still being denied access to him
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# In Afghanistan's deadliest year, battles between government forces and Taliban replaced suicide bombs as deadliest
# Afghanistan's "complex" insurgency
# Awaiting trial, Musharraf holds court at his villa
# New York Times essay on how Pakistan has changed: "The Great Divide"
Balkans
# Bosnia arrests suspected militants on their way to Syria
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan extends Leyla Yunus's detention by five months
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan provides amnesty to prominent religious leader
Of Interest
# Social Bakers: Photos now produce lowest reach on Facebook
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