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The Rundown -- February 26


RFE/RL in the Media
# Golnaz Esfandiari interviewed on Clippet
# Irina Lagunina talks Russian propaganda on Czech Television
# RFE/RL's Under the Black Flag cited by International Business Times for reporting on Tajik arrested in Moscow
Russia
# Russia's insider traders know Putin's plans
# Russia and America at the Oscars
# Female teachers in Yekaterinburg told by official to find rich husbands
# Russian lawmakers draft legislation banning women under 40 from smoking
# "The Empire Strikes Back" - Noah Sneider, Medium
Ukraine
# As ceasefire appears to possibly be taking hold, Ukraine faces gas supply threat from Russia and dire economy
# Kyiv says Russian drones violating Ukraine's airspace
# Ukraine finally getting 3G mobile
# Most experts polled by Foreign Affairs oppose arming Ukraine
Eastern Europe
# Belarus bans Tor and other anonymizers
Middle East
# Baghdad not happy with U.S. releasing details about coming Mosul offensive; U.S. arms flow in to Iraq in preparation
# Maliki plotting comeback
# IS burns 8,000 rare books and manuscripts in Mosul
Iran
# Things getting heated between Israel and Iran over Netanyahu speech
# Kerry: "There is no deal yet" so stop criticizing it
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan shocks Scotland in cricket win
# Suicide bomber targets Turkish embassy car in Kabul
# Avalanches kill at least 108 in Afghanistan
# Musharraf sees role for Taliban in Pakistan
Caucasus
# Aliyev tries to reassure public on currency flop
# Armenian opposition forces back down
# EU courts Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan gas as Russian links sour
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan natives in New York charged with plans to join IS
# BBC's multimedia project on the Aral Sea
Of Interest
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