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The Rundown -- April 30

Serbian villagers sharing a newspaper earlier this month.
Afternoon Update


# Security forces broke up a protest near Sochi
# Oligarchs seem to have fared alright in the Cyprus meltdown
# Mary Dejevsky on Russian banker Elena Kotova

# Iran's oil revenue is down 27 per cent year-on-year

# "Pakistan’s Brutal Elections" - Myra MacDonald, "Reuters"
# "The ‘Poisoned’ Girls of Afghanistan" - Matthieu Aikins, "The New York Times"
# Mian Mohammad Mansha says Pakistan needs austerity

Of Interest
# A chart of what was and wasn't known in the Tsarnaev case
# Communist whisky is worth a pour

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "NPR" cites RFE/RL reporting on the gas blast in Prague
# The "Financial Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on the Tsarnaev brothers

International Press Review


# The tale of laborers in Sochi
# Vladimir Putin's party is seeing falling poll numbers
# Russia and Japan may decide to end WWII

# "The Ayatollah’s Billions" -- Akrami & Ghasseminejad, "National Post"
# Mahmud Ahmadinejad's critics are slamming the outgoing president
# Iran's oil exports hit a 26-year low
# Iran is turning to South Asian palm oil as sanctions bite
# A full report on the effect of sanctions on ordinary Iranians

# "The Economist" on Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan's next PM
# "Pakistan's Troubled Election" -- Lisa Curtis, "National Interest"
# How the Taliban is exerting influence over elections

Of Interest
# "The New Yorker" on war crimes in the Balkans
# The Turkmen president takes a tumble
# "How Many People Have Really Been Killed by Chernobyl?" -- Mary Mycio, "Slate"
# Meet the Chechen boy who saved people during the Norway massacre
# How the "NY Review of Books" got the "Misha" scoop

Science & Tech
# The vanguard of free speech is publicly traded
# Twitter's memo to news orgs on account security
# Danish scientists say they are close to a cure for HIV
# On the humor of dogs and cats

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The Boston bombing may be bringing the U.S. and Russia closer
# More medics have been sent to Guantanamo Bay to deal with hunger-striking inmates
# Steve Coll reviews two books on U.S. clandestine operations