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The Rundown -- March 27

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Mar. 26i
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March 26, 2014
Crimean retirees queue up for pensions, traders in Pakistan strike against extortion, and a commemoration in Serbia for Albanian victims of the war in Kosovo, plus stories from Afghanistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Iraq, and Tajikistan.

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Mar. 26

RFE/RL in the Media

# Read Charles Recknagel in "The Atlantic" on Russia restarting a Soviet era fitness program
Daily Beast profile of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves mentions his former employment at RFE/RL 
Business Insider cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukrainian troop movements near Ukraine
 
Russia
# New U.S. intel assessment says invasion of E. Ukraine more likely than previously thought
# Russia sets up hotline for anti-Russian rights abuses in Ukraine
# Crimea's fighting dolphins switch sides
# Russia to direct $2.8 from reserves to Crimea
# Russia considers making Crimea a casino hub
# "Western Sanctions Are a Sign of Weakness" - Igor Ivanov, "Moscow Times" 
 
Ukraine
# Interim defense minister ousted over Crimea response
# Signs of Russian control begin appearing at street level in Crimea -- to mixed reaction
# Crimean Tatars may hold their own vote
# Hard line nationalists turn on the new administration
# "Ukraine's Phantom Neo-Nazi Menace" - David Frum, "The Atlantic" 
 
Eastern Europe
# "Belarus Wants Out" - Andrew Wilson, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Gazprom says business in Belarus, Ukraine not affected by crisis
# Belarusian opposition marches in support of Kyiv
# Russian military holds exercises in Transdniester 
 
Iran
# Iranians make moonshine
# Iran warns Pakistan after abducted soldier's reported execution
# Iran hangs 16 in reprisal for killings
# The evolution of Iran's ethnic Baluch insurgency
# "Are You Brave Enough to Invest in Iran?" - Matthew Lynn, MarketWatch 
 
Iraq
# Iraq electoral commission resigns en masse
# Obama sort of defends Iraq war
# Reporters Without Borders expresses concern about attacks on journalists in Iraq
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghan candidate quits presidential race, backs a frontrunner 
# "Afghanistan: Miserable, But Not as Bad as You Think" - Rob Crilly, "The Telegraph" 
# Karzai says Afghanistan will further cement ties with China
# Pakistan lawmaker battles to raise punishment for child marriage 
# Pakistani minister rules out concessions to Taliban
 
Central Asia
# Is Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border dispute about oil?
# Uzbekistan joins CIS free trade zone
 
Caucasus
Energy ramifications of Crimea crisis for Azerbaijan
# Armenia steps back comments on Crimea annexation 
 
Of Interest
# "New York Times" bets on own reputation with new mobile app 
# Some doubt about North Korean men being required to get Kim Jung un haircut 
# Twitter responds to Turkey

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