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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
A calling card allegedly left at the scene of a shoot-out in Slovyansk on April 20 by the leader of a Ukrainian ultranationalist group has become an Internet sensation. RFE/RL correspondent Farangis Najibullah gives a rundown of some of the mocking tweets that accuse Dmytro Yarosh of having a hand in everything from the moon landing to this week's sinking of a South Korean ferry. More
How Russia Is Ruled
Vladimir Putin's annual call in show is always an event. But with the Ukraine crisis, this year's took on ominous and global overtones. More
Regional Smoke Detector
Rauf Mirqadirov, a commentator for the independent Russian-language daily "Zerkalo," was taken into custody by security personnel at Baku's Heydar Aliyev Airport on April 19 after being deported from Turkey, where he had lived with his family for the past three years. More
That the Russian Defense Ministry would present a medal to compatriots for "the return of Crimea" to Russia would not normally turn heads. More
The Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights has harshly criticized Azerbaijani authorities over deteriorating human rights and basic freedoms in the country. More
Blogging Central Asia
Uzbekistan's cabinet of ministers met on April 14 and sent out the word -- all the country's television and radio stations have to rig their facilities to be blown up. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Dozens of Iranian men and women have sheared their hair and posted their pictures online to demonstrate solidarity with political prisoners. More
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