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A running tally of RFE/RL news exclusives, citations, and expert appearances in leading global media.



On November 3-4, Reuters, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, U.S. News and World Report, CNN Espanol, New York Daily News, New York Post, Independent (Ireland), The Telegraph, The Daily Star (Lebanon), TOLOnews (Afghanistan), Muslim Village,, Europa Press (Spain), TPortal (Croatia), Extra (Brazil), NCZAS (Poland), ETTODAY (Taiwan), Liberal (Greece), and OKEZONE (Indonesia) cited an RFE/RL Uzbek Service exclusive interview with the sister of New York truck attack suspect Sayfullo Saidov, who said from Uzbekistan that her family believes Saipov had been "brainwashed" and pleaded with U.S. authorities to give him "time" and a "fair trial."

On November 2, Buzzfeed News, the New York Daily News, The Telegraph, Breitbart News, CNN, and Eurasianet cited RFE/RL interviews and RFE/RL Uzbek Service reporting about New York terror attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov.

On October 31, The Washington Post, The Independent and Newsmax cited, and Eurasia Review re-posted, an article by RFE/RL correspondent Christopher Miller on opinion in Ukraine concerning the indictment in the U.S. of political consultant Paul Manafort. Time cited an earlier interview interview by Miller with Manafort associate Konstantin Kilimnik in its article on the Manafort indictment.

On October 20, France24 interviewed RFE/RL Turkmen Service contributor Soltan Achilova for a video report on "The Dictator's Games," which offered a rare glimpse inside of Turkmenistan as the country hosted the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September.

On October 18-20, The Times (London), CNN, TeleSUR, TASS, Meduza, Stratfor, Moscow Times, Ekho Moskvy, Russia Business Channel, and other outlets wrote about rumors that RFE/RL and other U.S. news outlets would be placed on a list of "undesirable" media organizations in Russia by the Russian government.

On October 9-11, ​AP, Reuters, CNBC News, Yahoo Finance, The Washington Post, The Moscow Times, The Dawn (Pakistan), Naharnet (Lebanon), The Washington Times, Foreign Policy, and Accent (Georgia) were among the many outlets to report about a warning letter sent by the Russian Justice Ministry to RFE/RL that it may impose restrictions on some of the broadcaster's operations in Russia and Ukraine's annexed Crimea region.

On September 22, VICE, The Washington Post, Laredo Morning Times, Santa Fe New Mexican, and Wonderwall cited RFE/RL's reporting on Kremlin reaction to a video narrated by actor Morgan Freeman and produced by the "Committee to Investigate Russia," arguing for more investigation into the Kremlin's reported involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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On November 22, The Washington Post, Fox Business, Deutsche Welle, Bloomberg, Hollywood Reporter, The Economic Times (India), RT, and Sputnik posted articles on Russia's upper house of parliament passing new legislation that could lead to the declaration of U.S. international media like RFE/RL as "foreign agents."

RFE/RL photojournalist Amos Chapple won a 2017 "Czech Press Photo" award in the "Lifestyle" category, for one of the photos in his visual report on a Buddhist colony in Russia's Ural Mountains threatened by natural resources development.

White House Chronicles quotes RFE/RL Russia analyst Brian Whitmore in an article on Russian disinformation in Europe.

BBC cited RFE/RL Tajik Service reporting on the growing cult of personality surrounding Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Payvand re-posted an article by RFE/RL Iran analyst Golnaz Esfanisari on the daughter of parents murdered by the Islamic regime being tried for "spreading propaganda against the [Iranian] establishment."

Yahoo News (via Storyful) posted RFE/RL Georgian Service video reporting on Georgian security forces on the outskirts of Tbilisi storming the suspected hideout of foreign nationals linked to the terrorist group IS.

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On November 21, The Washington Post, Common Dreams, UNIAN (Ukraine), and Opposing Views cited RFE/RL reporting on Russian meteorological service reporting on "extremely high" concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) in the southern Urals in late September, which the service then contradicted in a subsequent statement.

Human Rights Watch posted an alert on recent threats against women activists in Turkmenistan, including RFE/RL Turkmen Service contributor Soltan Achilova.

Buzzfeed News cited RFE/RL reporting on accused New York truk attacker Sayfullo Saipov.

Eurasia Review and UNIAN cited RFE/RL reporting on a possible coup in the self-described "Luhansk People's Republic."

Transitions Online and UNIAN cited RFE/RL reporting on Georgian Justice Ministry denials that it was involved in Ukraine's deportation of Georgian nationals,

EurasiaNet cited RFE/RL Ekho Kavkaza reporting in an article on U.S. approval of the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Georgia, and RFE/RL analyst Abubakar Siddique's reporting on development of a new transit corridor between Afghanistan and Europe.

Armenpress linked to RFE/RL Armenian Service live-streamed coverage of a joint press conference in Yerevan involving Armenian Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandian and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

The Armenian Weekly cited RFE/RL Armenian Service reporting on residents in Armenia's Armavir province demanding that the government fix the heating at a local school.

RFE/RL Uzbek Service director Alisher Siddique was a guest on CSIS's "Russian Roulette" podcast, discussing "Radicalization and Secularization and Uzbekistan":

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On November 20, The Moscow Times published an op-ed, "How Russia’s Foreign Agent Law Cracks Down on U.S. Media."

TOLOnews, MENAFN-Daily Outlook Afghanistan, and Pazhwok Afghan News posted articles noting RFE/RL's participation in marking World Children's Day in Afghanistan.

Breitbart News cites RFE/RL reporting on an increae in U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan under President Donald Trump's revised strategy for the war-torn country.

The Diplomat cites RFE/RL reporting on the political future of outgoing Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev.

Eurasia Review re-posted an RFE/RL article on Iran's criticism of an Arab League resolution accusing Tehran and the allied Lebanese Shi’ite group Hizballah of destabilizing the region.

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On November 18, Eurasia Review re-posted an RFE/RL article on Russian complaints about the possibility that Russian athletes may be banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics due to doping.

On November 17, Yahoo News, Daily Beast, NewsOK, The Hill, ​The News International (Pakistan),Dawn (Pakistan), 7News (Australia), The Japan News, B92 (Serbia), InSerbia, Ekklesia, Famagusta Gazette (Cyprus), The Yeshiva World, TASS, Daily Mail, and IFEX posted articles on Russia's threats to legally force several RFE/RL Russian-language news projects as "foreign agents."

Eurasia Review re-posted an RFE/RL article on a senior U.S. State Department official saying that Russia’s actions over the past decade have shown that Moscow’s willingness to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other nations is “real” and not “simply rhetorical.”

EurasiaNet cited RFE/RL Kazakh Service reporting on the surprise release from prison of a prominent Kazakh journalist.

Balkan Insight cited RFE/RL Moldovan Service reporting on a general mobilization of all men between the ages of 18 and 50 in the breakaway Moldovan terrototy of Transnistria.

Stratfor cited RFE/RL reporting on the latest UN data on opium production in Afghanistan.

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