Highlights of compelling, original work by RFE/RL journalists this week.
Khadija Ismayilova’s dual reports uncover the profitable ties of Azerbaijan’s first family to both the massive Eurovision Hall construction project and a gold mine worth about $2.5 billion
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has apparently become the latest victim of Iran’s Internet censorship regime — to which he himself has given his blessing and approval. Golnaz Esfandiari reports.
This week, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka made the unfortunate choice of quoting Russian literary giant Fyodor Dostoyevsky out of context. Richard Solash reports that scholars are not amused.
Putin 2.0 is now in charge and in this week’s The Power Vertical podcast, Brian Whitmore’s asks, “Does Putin have a plan?” Meanwhile, Daisy Sindelar explores the clever, strategic, and (shhhhh….quieter) ways protesters have shifted tactics, even while authorities try to “flush them out.”
Daud Khattak examines the destruction of the mausoleum of poet, writer, and nationalist political leader Ajmal Khattak in northern Pakistan, one of a series of attacks by Islamist radicals on a Pakistani cultural figures.
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