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.
Thirty years ago, Hungary lifted restrictions on travel to Austria, enabling tens of thousands of East Germans to flee to the West. The September 1989 events in Hungary are often described as the first cracks in the Berlin Wall. By Kateryna Oliynyk and Margot Buff
When Afghanistan declared full independence from Britain 100 years ago, some women also gained new freedoms, including access to education. But the regimes that followed have swung between extremes, both repressing and then promoting women's rights. Now, with peace talks under way with the Taliban, there's fear the pendulum could swing once more, with hard-won freedoms being rolled back. By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Omid Marzba, and Stuart Greer
Was a Russian informant living on a quiet, high-end Virginia street surrounded by former and current FBI and military personnel? By Todd Prince
Why Did Trump Call Off The Taliban Talks: A Negotiating Tactic, Washington Worries About The Deal, Or Showmanship?
Analysts say there are several possible reasons why U.S. President Donald Trump broke off peace negotiations with the Taliban. By Frud Bezhan
Gazprom recently signed a contract to buy natural gas from Turkmenistan that the Russian energy giant doesn't really need. Russia might not need the gas so much as it wants the current Turkmen regime to stay in place. By Bruce Pannier
The son of revered Afghan resistance fighter Ahmad Shah Masud says he wants to make his late father's goal of creating a moderate Afghan state a reality. In an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Ahmad Masud warned against any peace deal with the Taliban and explained why he's following in his slain father's political footsteps to fight the group's extremist ideology. By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Safari Zakarya, Shafi Karimi, and Stuart Greer
In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, a Ukrainian intelligence officer provides the first details about the secret operation to capture Volodymyr Tsemakh, a pro-Russian separatist air-defense unit commander and a person of interest in the downing of MH17 who was traded to Russia. By Christopher Miller and Olha Omelianchuk
In the Moscow legislative vote last weekend, one district elected an unknown engineer who didn't campaign at all. Even the party that supposedly nominated him could not answer questions about him. When the new City Duma convenes, all eyes will be on the mysterious deputy from District No. 3. By Mark Krutov and Robert Coalson
A Russian election observer was assaulted at a polling station after raising concerns about potential fraud during the September 8 vote for governor of St. Petersburg. By Current Time and Stuart Greer
Massive wildfires are burning across Siberia. In the Irkutsk region, a lack of equipment and manpower to fight the blazes has left locals feeling abandoned by Moscow. They blame authorities for negligence and corruption. By Harutyun Mansuryan and RFE/RL's Russian Service