We know that rferl.org isn’t the only website you read, and it’s possible that you may have missed some of our most interesting journalism from the past 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.
A row has broken out between Russia and the Czech Republic over a Prague district mayor’s plan to build a monument to the Vlasov Army. Led by a former Soviet military officer, the force, also known as the Russian Liberation Army, did little actual fighting during World War II. So why is it still a taboo topic in Russia? By Tony Wesolowsky
Uzbekistan’s president has warned citizens not to go into debt to pay for traditional weddings. One Uzbek man has spent 19 years working in Russia and saving for the marriages of his three children. By Current Time and John Mastrini
Three years ago, Uzbekistan went through its first major political upheaval in decades following the death of Islam Karimov, who had ruled the country since it gained independence in 1991. The transition prompted debate inside and outside Uzbekistan as to whether the country was headed for a political thaw or a continuation of an autocratic regime under different leadership. A correspondent for RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service traveled through Uzbekistan in November to investigate the shifting landscape. By Pyotr Trotsenko
Russian and NATO spy planes regularly fly over each other’s territories, photographing military equipment and monitoring where forces are located. It’s all done with representatives from the observed country on board under the Treaty On Open Skies, which may soon join the list of dead agreements born out of the end of the Cold War. By Ivan Gutterman, Carlos Coelho, and Grant Podelco
Mostar is in a state of limbo over its debilitated “eternal mayor.” But he can’t be legally replaced until fresh local elections, but court rulings and a political impasse have prevented a vote there since 2008. By Ron Synovitz and Mirsad Behram
Kamikaze satellites, orbital lasers, and anti-satellite missiles — these are just some of the weapons being developed in an arms race to militarize space. Concerned about the vulnerability of Western satellites, NATO leaders have approved a new space defense strategy. But what would a conflict in the cosmos actually look like? By Stuart Greer and Kristyna Foltynova