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The Rundown -- May 25


RFE/RL in the Media
# Moscow Times reports on the RFE/RL Russian Service deleted interview with man who accused Putin of graft
# Reuters cites Rikard Jozwiak's interview with Donald Tusk
# Daily Mail covers Joanna Paraszczuk's report about militant complaining about unfairness in assigning of suicide bombing duties
Russia
# Russia booed at Eurovision, but comes close to winning song contest anyway
# EU and U.S. condemn Russian "undersirables" law signed by Putin; expected to boost media self-censorship
# While Russia grapples with HIV epidemic, Moscow’s addicts share their filthy needles
Ukraine
# Medvedev says Russia will adopt tough position if Ukraine defaults
# Amnesty says torture of prisoners on both sides of the conflict is rife
# Separatist commander assassinated in eastern Ukraine; his final days
# "Kyiv Can Save Donbas by Ditching Crimea" - Vladimir Frolov, Moscow Times
Eastern Europe
# The colonel in charge of countering Russian propaganda in Lithuania
Middle East
# IS claims it can buy a nuclear weapon within a year
# Carter questions Iraq's "will to fight"
# UN: IS burned woman alive for not engaging in extreme sex act
# Iran will allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit military sites, negotiator says
# Q and A with Thomas Erdbrink
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# As Taliban advances, Afghanistan reluctantly recruits militias
# Notes on a month spent embedded in Afghanistan
# NYT on the books that have come out of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars
# Pakistan backs Ghani as the Taliban splinters (meanwhile, Karzai meets Modi in India)
Balkans
# Montenegro and Macedonia votes disqualified from Eurovision
Caucasus
# How Vladimir Putin created America's new hot [Georgian] wine
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