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The Rundown -- December 22

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Moscow Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on Lesin investigation (site currently down)
# "Jerusalem Post" on Khadija Ismayilova's arrest and the dilemma for Israel
# "Guardian" lists Azerbaijan political prisoners, including Ismayilova
# BBC World Service fears losing information war to Russia
# Facebook declines comment on pulling Navalny protest page in Russia
# "Washington Post's" Putin year-ender
# European tourism hotspots suffer with Russians staying home
# In meetings with OPEC, Russia refused to cut oil production itself
# In Kyiv, Lukashenka promises to help
# Peace talks stalled as violence resumes
Eastern Europe
# Moldovan migrants denied re-entry to Russia
# "Russia Growls Across the Border as Lithuania Readies for Euro" - Alistair Scrutton and Andrius Sytas, Reuters
# Belarus blocks access to independent news sites
# Western journalist who just spent 10 days with IS says group is popular
# IS reportedly executed 100 of its own fighters who tried to flee Raqqa
# Iraq TV show makes "terrorists" confront victims
# Iran says Cuba thaw proves sanctions are "useless"
# Assad tells top Iranian official he supports local truces
# Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop
# Some Guantanamo Bay detainees returned to Afghanistan
# Taliban publicize training camp in northern Afghanistan
# The rise of Maulana Fazlullah, the man who ordered the Peshawar attacks
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan holds "vote"
# Nazarbayev's grandson named deputy mayor of Astana