Before the fall

RUSSIA How Yevgeny Prigozhin's mercenary army, Wagner, grew to become a major tool in Russian foreign policy – murdering its way across Africa and Ukraine.

Space oddity

SCIENCE: Unraveling NASA's mission to Mars and the psychological toll it entails in a poignant reflection on space travel and human spirit.

Dead humans are also humans

DEATH: When the Mediterranean rejects the nameless, who restores their dignity?

Between Revolutions: «I am more fascinated by the archival material than the present»

REVOLUTION: We joined film director Vlad Petri under a fig tree in Skopje as he reflects on the stories of women's resilience and revolution in his film Between Revolutions.

Dark days revisited

SYRIA: Former ISIS hostage Marc Marginedas returns to Raqqa to confront the ghosts of his past.

Becoming god

SCIENCE: The rise and fall of a scientist at the heart of a genetic revolution and the controversies it unleashed.

The Kremlin’s unseen war

JOURNALISM: Putin's war on independent journalism as experienced by Novaya Gazeta and its Nobel-prize winning editor, Dmitry Muratov.

Living with floods and garbage

CLIMATE: Once more, the formidable Brahmaputra river is on the ascent. Amidst a vanishing mud island, Afrin, a 12-year-old orphan, readies herself to depart from the sole realm she's ever been acquainted with.

Paradise lost

INDIGENOUS: Contacting the last remaining completely isolated indigenous tribes of the Amazon.