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RFE/RL Video Roundup - Jan. 30i
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January 30, 2014
Suicide bombings in Afghanistan, the Russian ruble weakens against the dollar and the euro, a ballerina joins an Amnesty International protest in Moscow, plus stories from Ukraine, Pakistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Jan. 30

RFE/RL in the Media 

Slate cites Tom Balmforth's piece on Steven Seagal's praise of Putin 
Belfast Telegraph uses RFE/RL Russian Service video of a ballerina performing in chains to deliver Amnesty petition 
RT cites RFE/RL in commentary on western "meddling" in Ukraine 
 
Ukraine
# Automaidan leader found alive, but apparently tortured, eight days after disappearance 
# Opposition protesters fighting amongst themselves 
# "New York Times" editorial: Time for a deal 
 
Russia
# The alleged heroin kingpin who helped the Olympics come to Sochi 
# "The Triumph of Vladimir Putin" - "The Economist" 
# Russian newspaper editor reportedly fired and now fined for printing interview with gay man 
 
Eastern Europe
# Russia accuses Belarus of potato smuggling 
 
Iran
# Iran's ability to make weapons now a matter of political will, not technical restraints 
# "With Iran, Israel, Kerry is Master of the Interim Deal" - David Ignatius, "Washington Post" 
# Rand Paul opposes new Iran sanctions 
# Ankara trying to meet Tehran in the middle on Syria policy 
# "On Iran, Compromise Is Needed" - Fareed Zakaria, "Washington Post" 
 
Iraq
# Baghdad hires law-firm to deal with buyers of "illegal" Kurdish oil 
# Police retake control of ministry gunmen had stormed  
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# U.S. cancels funds for pre-election opinion polls 
# U.S. says Afghanistan can't keep deferring its decision on security pact 
# Audit says Afghanistan can't be trusted to prevent misuse of aid 
# U.S. mending ties with Pakistan 
Dialogue process with Pakistani Taliban directed to start 
 
Balkans
# Dispute over whether Bosniak or Serb will carry flag for Bosnia at Olympics 
 
Central Asia
# Journalists and activists arrested at pro-Euromaidan protest in Tashkent 
# Poor sales for Berdymukhamedov calendars in Turkmenistan 
# Popular Russian photo-blogger says police don't allow pictures of nice things in Almaty 
 
Caucasus
# Video appears to show former Georgian PM and Interior Minister ordering killings in 2009 
# "Beyond Shah Deniz: Azerbaijan’s Next-Generation Gas" - Vladimir Socor, Jamestown Foundation 
 
Of Interest
# Should neo-Nazi students be named and shamed
# What you tweet matters 
# North Korean Ambassador to the UK speaks with Sky News 

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