To end the week, here’s a snapshot of the most popular and original stories from some of RFE/RL’s broadcasting regions.
# Severe Internet disruptions are being reported in Iran, raising suspicions it might be testing its controversial “national Internet.” Here’s a primer on the activity leading up to this point and what might happen next.
# Anti-government protests throughout Russia on February 4 spurred new reports of citizens being bribed or mandated to attend pro-Putin rallies. From flash mobs to dissenting toys, the Kremlin has its hands full. (SEE: Gallery of the weekend’s best protest signs.)
# Dedicated cops struggle to keep the peace, while officials scam citizens looking for passports and the country’s diverse cultural heritage is facing a new threat as a Chinese mining company prepares to destroy another ancient archeological site.
# Again with detaining TOYS?! “Free the toys!” may become a protest anthem of the spring ahead.
For more news in all these regions and more, also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.