Hey, you’re busy! We know rferl.org isn’t the only website you read. And that it’s just possible that you missed some of our most compelling stories this week. To make sure you’re up to date, here are some of the highlights from RFE/RL’s team of correspondents, multimedia editors and visual journalists over the past seven days.
We also include here content from Gandhara, an RFE/RL website focusing on developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Behind high walls: the “hidden” luxury real estate of the Nazarbaev family in Almaty
Members of former President Nursultan Nazarbaev’s family are among the wealthiest people in Kazakhstan, amassing immense wealth during his three decades in power. They control many profitable businesses and own high-end real estate both at home and abroad. A new investigation by RFE/RL’s Kazakh service has revealed that the Nazarbaevs’ luxury real estate portfolio includes several mansions on a 135-hectare green space in the Bostandyq district of the former Kazakh capital, Almaty. By Manas Kaiyrtaiuly
The Kazakh town where a statue fell during the January unrest
The Kazakh town of Taldyqorghan was the only place where a statue of former President Nursultan Nazarbaev was toppled during anti-government protests that swept the country in early January. RFE/RL has pieced together how it happened – and the bloodshed that followed. By Asylkhan Mamashuly, RFE/RL Kazakh Service, and Ray Furlong
Afghan children starve as hunger spreads rapidly
The number of malnourished children in Afghanistan is growing rapidly, as evidenced by the increase in hospitalizations of starving children. Aid agencies are warning that more than a million children could starve to death this winter amid a worsening humanitarian and economic crisis. By Abubakar Siddique and Radio Azadi of RFE/RL
No nickel in Nikel? Russian mining town faces steep decline
For decades, nickel mining and smelting in the northern Russian town of Nikel supported its residents and brought great wealth to the owners of the company. But little money was invested in the town, and its infrastructure crumbled as nickel from the mines dwindled. The town’s large foundry has been closed for environmental reasons, and residents are now wondering what the future holds. By now unknown Russia
Hackers are selling a COVID-19 vaccination database with details of millions of Russians
Details of 48 million COVID-19 vaccination certificates are reportedly being sold on the dark web for $100,000. Journalists identified a vulnerability with an online government portal containing vaccination data in 2021 and reported it to Russia’s Communications Ministry and Rostelecom, the country’s largest digital service provider, but said they had no received no response. By current time