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Crimea's Fallout, Iran's Moral Combat, Afghanistan After Karzai, and more


RFE/RL's Weekly Rundown, a concise look at our top stories this week:

# Crimea Fallout: Vladimir Putin has pledged to protect ethnic Russians anywhere in the world. This means millions of Russians -- particularly in former Soviet countries -- could come under the umbrella of the Putin Doctrine. But how did these Russians get there to begin with? Also, reports about rising patriotism in Russian classrooms, a Russian journalist under mounting pressure after jokingly appealing to the Kremlin to send troops to liberate his region's Russian-speakers from corrupt officials, Russia's ban on methadone to treat heroin addicts in Crimea has health experts predicting a spike in drug-related deaths and HIV infections, and a graphic on Russian as a native language in Ukraine.

# Ukraine on the Brink: Launching a revolution is one thing. Building on what you've won is another. Just ask Ukraine's civil society activists. In addition to breaking news from the Ukraine Live Blog, see also reports from Kharkiv's "Theater of the Absurd," pro-Russian activists in Donetsk, a "self-made oligarch" learns to play nicely with others, and more fact-finding from #UkraineUnspun.

# Iran's Moral Combat: A website where players gained points by shooting former reformist President Mohammad Khatami and symbols of Israel, Great Britain and the United States has been removed after it sparked controversy in the Islamic Republic. A report by correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari.

# After Karzai: Correspondent Frud Bezhan reports that, with no clear winner yet emerging from Afghanistan's April 5 presidential poll, some worry the front-runners are secretly brokering a deal to divvy up power and avoid a runoff.

# Turkish Furor: Acclaimed U.S. journalist Seymour Hersh talks to correspondent Carl Schreck about his controversial claim that Turkey aided Syrian rebels in a deadly chemical weapons attack in Damascus last summer.

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