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A Drive Around Slovyansk
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A Drive Around Slovyansk

RFE/RL's Weekly Rundown, a concise look at our top stories this week:

# Moldovan Fractures --RFE/RL's Robert Coalson reports from Moldova, where fault lines are visible everywhere in a country torn between East and West. Also, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti calls on Moscow to remove its forces from Moldovan territory during an interview in Prague with RFE/RL's Oana Serafim.

# Uncertainty in Ukraine -- Watch as RFE/RL goes along for a ride with a local taxi driver in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, where armed separatists continue to man barricades and occupy key government buildings.

# Georgia's Message For Putin -- Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili tells RFE/RL's Salome Asatiani in Prague that he hopes Russia will understand that an independent and sovereign Georgia "does not pose any threat to Russia's vital interests."

# Russia's Restrictive Internet -- Pavel Durov, founder of the popular Russian social networking site VKontakte, has left Russia following the introduction of comprehensive restrictions on Internet activity in the country. RFE/RL's Daisy Sindelar takes a look at how Durov and activists are adapting to the new limits on Internet freedom.

# Iraq on the Edge? -- Ahead of Iraq’s April 30 parliamentary elections, government troops have been battling to retake parts of the western province of Anbar from a coalition of anti-government tribal forces and global jihadists, adding to fears the country could be heading towards civil war.

# This Uzbek Transmitter Will Self-Destruct -- Meanwhile in Uzbekistan, the cabinet of ministers has instructed all the country's television and radio stations to rig their facilities to be blown up.

# Victimized at Evin -- Families of Iranian political prisoners protest alleged prison raid.

# Maidan Memorial -- Watch an emotional ceremony attended by former Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, at a memorial honoring those who died during the Euromaidan protests.

# Turkmen Talking -- In a country where people normally avoid speaking -- even anonymously -- to foreign media outlets, some Turkmen are now speaking out, and they are talking to RFE/RL.

# Lady Liberty -- In the latest edition of Lady Liberty, learn how harassment makes the blogosphere an intimidating place for women, Radio Farda reports from the Iran nuclear talks, a Tatar journalist provides objective reporting in her native tongue, and much more.

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-- Emily Thompson