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The Rundown -- March 4

Ukraine -- A Russian serviceman stands on duty near a map of the Crimea region near the city of Kerch, March 4, 2014
Ukraine -- A Russian serviceman stands on duty near a map of the Crimea region near the city of Kerch, March 4, 2014

RFE/RL in the Media

# RIA Novosti cites RFE/RL Russian Service in its article: "Russia Seeks Ukrainian Who Allegedly Sought Warlord’s Help."
# OSCE Representative Dunja Mijatovic says that RFE/RL journalists were assaulted in Donestsk and Kharkiv.
# mentions an interview posted on RFE/RL's Turkmen service's website February 28.


# War Deaths Top 13,000 in Afghan Security Forces New York Times
# Fatal Attack Rattles Court Complex in Pakistani Capital New York Times
# Tension grows over Iranian guards seized in Pakistan Times
# EDITORIAL Frustration With Afghanistan New York Times


# Signs grow of Iranian involvement in Bahrain unrest Financial Times
# Iran sentences student activist to seven years in prison for 'peaceful protest' Guardian
# How Iran Could Benefit from the U.S.-Russia Standoff Stratfor
# HUGH SHELTON Show muscle in nuclear negotiations with Iran Chicago Tribune


# Croatia accuses Serbia of 1990s genocide BBC

Eastern Europe

# Ukrainians, take it from a Bosnian: the EU flag is just a rag in the wind Guardian
# EDITORIAL The West must assuage the fears of former Soviet republics Washington Post


# Countries in Russia's Periphery Look East and West Stratfor


# Russian forces expand control of Crimea Washington Post
# Kiev Cites Campaign of Pressure by Russia New York Times
# Ukraine crisis resurrects Cold War ghosts Washington Post
# Ukraine premier agrees to reforms for aid package Financial Times
# Behind the West's Miscalculations in Ukraine Wall Street Journal
# Russia wages propaganda war over Ukraine Financial Times
# NATALKA SNIADANKO The Myth of a Divided Ukraine New York Times
# OLGA DUKHNICH Crimea: Russia’s Next Afghanistan? New York Times
# JUSTINIAN JAMPOL Smashing Lenin Won’t Save Ukraine New York Times
# EUGENE ROBINSON In the Ukraine crisis, the U.S. has a credibility problem Washington Post
# INTERVIEW (Brzezinski) Formally recognize Ukraine, prepare NATO troops Christian Science Monitor


# Top Russians Face Sanctions by U.S. for Crimea Crisis New York Times
# The Economic Levers That Might Stop Putin Wall Street Journal
# Putin’s Crimea Propaganda Machine Daily Beast
# Struggling Russian economy faces risk of more setbacks Financial Times
# Russian Markets Shudder Under Threat of Sanctions Wall Street Journal
# UK seeking to ensure Russia sanctions do not harm City of London Guardian
# ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI Putin’s aggression in Ukraine needs a response Washington Post
# GIDEON RACHMAN Russia is in no position to fight a new cold war Financial Times
# EDITORIAL Putin's Achilles' Heel Wall Street Journal
# ROGER COHEN Putin's Crimean Crime New York Times
# GEORGE WILL Misreading Putin, and history Washington Post
# DAVID BROOKS Putin Can’t Stop New York Times
# ANALYSIS - As Prime Russian Trading Partner, Germany Appears Crucial to Ending Crisis New York Times

Central Asia

# Kyrgyzstan: The Next Ukraine? The Diplomat

Of Interest

# The 2014 World's Billionaires List Forbes
# Bill Gates regains top spot as world's richest person BBC
# Giant virus revived from deep freeze in Siberian tundra Los Angeles Times
# 30,000-year-old giant virus 'comes back to life' BBC