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The Rundown -- March 24

RFE/RL in the Media

# Newsweek cites Brian Whitmore and his "influential" Power Vertical blog on Nemtsov killing
# Vox uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of Kolomoysky outburst against RFE/RL journalist
# Opposition lawmaker: RT should be registered as lobby group instead of media
# How Russia tries to "recruit" bloggers
# "Could Kadyrov Replace Putin?" - Mark Galeotti, Moscow Times
# Ukraine pledges to stop buying Russian gas starting in April
# Ukraine's ruling party hit by spate of apparent suicides
# Bloomberg video: Chart shows "dismantling of Ukraine economy"
Eastern Europe
# Gagauzia elects pro-Russian leader
# Israel looking to France to oppose Iran deal
# Iran working "unconstrained" to tighten grip on Arab states
# "Obama's Empty Message to Iran" - Eli Lake, Bloomberg
# "Iran’s Coming Leadership Crisis" - Sohrab Ahmari, Wall Street Journal
Middle East
# Erdogan in rift with government
# Obama to host Iraqi PM on April 14
# Battle for Tikrit "key" to Iraq's future
# Group of 11 medical students go to IS-controlled territory
# Gunmen kill 13 bus passengers in Afghanistan
# Video of alleged IS member recruiting Afghans
# "Afghanistan and Pakistan: The False Promise of Rapprochement" - Mohammed Umer Daudzai, New York Times
# Pakistan displays locally made armed drone
Central Asia
# OCCRP's investigation into Gulnara Karimova's (former) empire
# China and Russia tussle for influence in Kazakhstan
Of Interest
# How Vox grew its audience on Facebook