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.
The landslide election of a political novice with a robust reform agenda raised hopes for a sea change in a country long plagued by corruption and the influence of powerful tycoons. Nine months into Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s presidency, there are fears that the major cabinet reshuffle he sprung on the nation this week could torpedo those hopes and change Ukraine’s trajectory. By Todd Prince
Thirteen years after his first trip to Uzbekistan, RFE/RL photographer Amos Chapple revisited two of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites to find them transformed by the “accelerated development” the country has embraced in order to attract tourism.
The Nenets call themselves “the children of the reindeer.” They number fewer than 50,000. In Russia’s hostile tundra conditions, their lives are much as they were hundreds of years ago. By Current Time’s Unknown Russia and Harutyun Mansuryan
Health workers in Gilan, one of Iran’s coronavirus epicenters, reportedly face shortages of protective gear that put them at risk of infection as greater numbers of their colleagues fall victim to COVID-19. Nurses used Instagram to call for help on March 8. By Golnaz Esfandiari
Thousands of women and men endured sexual violence during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo, but the subject remains taboo even today. Vasfije Krasniqi–Goodman, a survivor and activist, spoke to the parliament of Kosovo on March 9, calling for the stigma to be erased and for criminals to be brought to justice. By RFE/RL’s Balkan Service
The most obvious answer to the question of why Vladimir Putin is giving himself the option of seeking two more terms as Russian president is also the simplest one: He wants to stay in the Kremlin indefinitely. Behind the scenes, it may be a bit more complicated. Here are five takeaways about the Putin machinations, his possible motives, and the potential risks. By Steve Gutterman
Over his many years in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly denied that he would change the constitution so that he could remain in office longer – but now he says it’s OK. Here’s a look back at his previous statements that are at odds with what he is saying now. By Current Time
Afghanistan has so far reported seven confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. But the war-torn country is bracing for more as thousands of Afghans return home from Iran each day. By Farangis Najibullah and Shapoor Saber
An Iranian photojournalist claims her work has been “hijacked” by a World Press Photo Award nominee. By Amos Chapple
A play at a theater in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, has been performed without a live audience after indoor cultural events were temporarily banned because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands watched Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya via a Facebook livestream. By RFE/RL’s Bulgarian Service
For more than three years, Igor Suvorov has been struggling to have his status as a conscientious objector to military service reinstated after his local military district commissar unilaterally annulled it. After the Russian Supreme Court denied his appeal, he turned to the European Court of Human Rights. By Tatyana Voltskaya and Robert Coalson