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RFE/RL's Week In Review: Highlights From Russia, Syria, Iran, Exclusive Interviews And...Kanye West


Russia -- A voter at a polling station in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region

Russia -- A voter at a polling station in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region

A weekending round-up of RFE/RL's original coverage.

# RFE/RL's Moscow bureau held a Google+ Hangout with a lively panel of commentators on Sunday's Moscow mayoral elections, discussing implications for Russia's political development given the new level of political engagement among Muscovites, the catalytic power and public concerns surrounding Aleksei Navalny's campaign, and calculations on all sides surrounding a potential second round. Watch it here and follow live updates on the election this weekend at RFE/RL and Radio Svoboda online.

# As U.S. lawmakers debate limited military strikes against the Syrian regime, RFE/RL correspondents look at the "What Ifs" concerning an attack, Iran's looming threat, al-Qaeda's involvement, and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's oddly perky (and widely condemned) official Instagram account.

# Iranian President Hassan Rohani has handed responsibility for nuclear talks to the Foreign Ministry, a move that signals his desire for greater influence over the Islamic republic's most pressing foreign-policy issue.

# Standout interviews with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev, U.S. Ambassador to Moldova William Moser, Vigen Sarkisian, chief of staff for Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, and Laura Shatto, the adoptive Texas mother whom Russian officials accuse of murder.

# Who would you ask to sing at your wedding? For the grandson of Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbaev, the choice was simple: Kanye West.

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