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The Rundown -- April 16

Note: There will be no Rundown tomorrow
RFE/RL in the Media
# Khadija Ismayilova wins prestigious PEN press freedom award (New York Times breaks the news)
# Washington Post editorial criticizing European Olympic Committees mentions Ismayilova's plight
# New York Times piece on VOA says RFE/RL duplicates "much of the agency's programming"
# Mark Zuckerberg tells RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service's Turxan Qarishga that Facebook money transfer is expanding soon
# Russia blocks Hollywood blockbuster Child 44 "because it makes Stalin look bad"
# Economist on Russia's financial rally
# "Shadow" over Russian V-day celebrations as Western leaders snub
# "In Exile, but Ready to Save Russia" - Ilya Ponomarev, New York Times
# Another Yanukovych ally found shot dead in Kyiv
# "In Rebel Territory of Ukraine, Older Residents Fight to Live" - Andrew Roth, New York Times
# "Ukraine: Inside the Deadlock" - Ben Judah, New York Review of Books
# Putin says weapons to Iran "purely defensive"
# How the Senate's Iran deal was done
# "Saudis Should Welcome the Iran Deal" - Vali Nasr, New York Times
Middle East
# IS gains ground in Anbar
# Trucks struggle to navigate Iraq's IS-controlled roads
# Video of Kurdish girl allegedly shooting at IS fighters goes viral
# "How the Bush Wars Opened the Door for ISIS" - Michael Kinsley, Vanity Fair
# "Afghanistan's Female Sons" - Nadia Hashimi, Foreign Affairs
# Meet the cartoon kid superheroes of Pakistan
# "Loosening a Party’s Grip on Karachi, a Pakistani City Known for Violence" - Declan Walsh and Zia ur-Rehman, New York Times
# "India and Pakistan's Proxy War in Afghanistan" - Catherine Putz, Diplomat
Central Asia
# Tajikistan's $100 million theatre
# Amnesty: West turning blind eye to torture in Uzbekistan
# The worsening crisis in Macedonia
# HWR says police in Serbia abusing migrants, asylum seekers
# Erdogan condemns Pope for "genocide" comments