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RFE/RL In The Media
# "Spiegel" mentions restrictions on RFE/RL broadcasting in Azerbaijan
# "Time" and "Business Insider" cite RFE/RL's Russian Service reporting on payments for pro-Putin protesters in Russia
# "Business Insider" cites RFE/RL reporting on a strike at Kyrgyzstan's biggest gold mine

International Press Review

Russia
# "The Guardian" reports on the leaked Nashi emails (more here in Russian)
# "Russia's Potemkin Democracy" - Anne Applebaum, "The Washington Post"
# "The Washington Post" reprints Vladimir Putin's "Kommersant" op-ed
# "Putin Without Putinism" - Anders Aslund, "Foreign Policy"
# "A Dead Man’s Tale of Russian Justice" - Robert Shrimsley, "Financial Times"

Iran
# "It's Time to Bypass Iran's 'Supreme Leader'" - Mehdi Khalaji, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Sanctions are "cutting deep" in Iran (Gallup polling data)
# "Iran's Achilles' Heel" - Efraim Halevy, "The New York Times"

Afghanistan
# A photo gallery on deaths of young people in Afghanistan
# "The 80% Solution" - Thomas Lynch III, "Foreign Policy"
# "AFP" reports on fewer foreign fighters in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region

Of Interest
# Kurmanbek Bakiyev may be staying in Belarus for the long haul (RU)
# "The Dregs of Dictatorship" - Mohamed Nasheed, "The New York Times"

Technology
# Facebook will release more details on how it collects user data
# BBC journalists have been told NOT to break stories on Twitter
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