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Something For The Weekend

If you missed these stories from RFE/RL this week and are looking for something to read over the weekend, try these:

Claire Bigg profiles Vladislav Surkov, the reclusive presidential aide, widely known as the Kremlin's "gray cardinal" and a close ally of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Golnaz Esfandiari speaks to Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, a former member of one of Iran's hard-line pressure groups, Ansar-e Hizbullah, about the vigilante violence in Iran.

Emanuel Zeltser, an American lawyer who was released from a Belarusian jail after spending nearly a year behind bars on charges of industrial espionage, talks about his time in prison.

And Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov talks about Obama's Russia visit.

-- Luke Allnutt

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