Hey, you're busy! We know rferl.org isn't the only website you read. And that it's just possible you may have missed some of our most compelling journalism this week. To make sure you're up-to-date, here are some of the highlights produced by RFE/RL's team of correspondents, multimedia editors, and visual journalists over the past seven days.
We are also including content here from Gandhara, an RFE/RL website focusing on developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A Vladivostok photographer has captured the haunting phenomenon of North Korean fishing vessels drifting onto Russia's Primorsky Krai coastline. By Amos Chapple
At a crossing on the Kazakh-Russian border, travelers described the mood after days of violence and a Russian-led military intervention in Kazakhstan. Some were fearful, others complained about the Internet blackout and high-level corruption that fueled anti-government protests. It's not clear how many people died: An initial official report said there were 164 deaths but this was later denied. By Ray Furlong
It was announced last week that an investment firm backed by Serbian media magnate Dragan Solak had acquired a controlling stake in English Premier League team Southampton F.C. An opponent of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Solak has been squeezed out of soccer TV rights by the state, an attempt many think to curtail his media empire. By purchasing Southampton, is Solak attempting to fight back? By Aleks Eror
In the wake of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov's order to extinguish the flaming Darvaza gas crater, photographer Amos Chapple recalls visiting the site before it became one of Turkmenistan's most famous tourist destinations. By Amos Chapple
Kosovo is targeting cryptocurrency miners, whose operations to produce virtual currency are draining the country's electricity grid, amid a state of emergency linked to an energy crunch. In Kosovo crypto mining is big business, so what happens next? By By Taulant Qenaj, Maja Ficovic, and Tony Wesolowsky
Confusion and contradictory information in Russia may harm the country's preparedness for what the WHO warns is a "west-to-east tidal wave" of omicron infections that will soon see half of Europe's population infected -- and may hit vaccine-skeptic countries like Russia the hardest. By RFE/RL
Photographs and thousands of documents casting light on the fate of Czechoslovak citizens imprisoned in the gulag have been published online, with many more to follow. By Amos Chapple
Afghan refugees in Iran say they are facing hunger, abuse, and deportation. The flood of Afghans seeking refuge in Iran and other countries increased after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021. RFE/RL's Radio Farda spoke to several Afghans struggling to survive in Iran who are desperate to stay in the country despite the hardships. By RFE/RL's Radio Farda and Stuart Greer
A female Afghan prosecutor overcame a crippling disease and discrimination to pursue an education and get her dream job. But since the Taliban takeover, she has been unemployed as the militants have barred many women from returning to work. By RFE/RL's Radio Azadi and Abubakr Siddique
The Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan has galvanized and strengthened the Pakistan Taliban, an ideological ally which has intensified its insurgency against Islamabad in recent months. By Daud Khattak