From Kremlin leak to sperm counts: our readers’ favourite stories of 2021

composite for any word About 60,000 people joined the Guardian as regular supporters this year. Photograph: Various/GuardianAbout 60,000 people joined the Guardian as regular supporters this year. Photograph: Various/Guardian

Here are 20 articles that may have helped convince people to support the Guardian’s journalism

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The Guardian benefited from hundreds of thousands of acts of support from digital readers in 2021 – almost one for every minute of the year. Here we look at the articles from 2021 that had a big hand in convincing readers to support our open, independent journalism.

Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House – Luke Harding, Julian Borger and Dan Sabbagh
Exclusive leak reveals Moscow’s deliberations on how it might help Donald Trump win 2016 US presidential race

‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’ – Arundhati Roy
The author and activist plumbs the depths of India’s Covid catastrophe and finds much to reproach the prime minister, Narendra Modi, for

‘I’m facing a prison sentence’: US Capitol rioters plead with Trump for pardons – Oliver Milman
The past very quickly catches up with those who ransacked the seat of US democracy

Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse – Damian Carrington
A shutdown of the Atlantic current circulation system would have catastrophic consequences around the world

An Afghan woman in Kabul: ‘Now I have to burn everything I achieved’ – A Kabul resident
As the Taliban take the Afghan capital, one woman describes being “a victim of a war that men started”.

Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity – Erin Brockovich
A warning from the environmental advocate and author about the damage being wrought by toxic chemicals

Pandora papers: biggest ever leak of offshore data exposes financial secrets of rich and powerful – Guardian investigations team
Millions of documents reveal deals and assets of more than 100 billionaires, 30 world leaders and 300 public officials

The Hill We Climb: the poem that stole the inauguration show – Amanda Gorman
She spoke, and millions listened, at Joe Biden’s inauguration

Rates of Parkinson’s disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame – Adrienne Matei
Is an epidemic on the horizon? And is an unpronounceable chemical compound to blame?

Capitalism is killing the planet – it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction – George Monbiot
The Guardian columnist at his most incandescent

‘Take it easy, nothing matters in the end’: William Shatner at 90, on love, loss and Leonard Nimoy – Hadley Freeman

The actor discusses longevity, tragedy, friendship, success and his Star Trek co-star

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green – Steve Rose
In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the Sinai

Off-road, off-grid: the modern nomads wandering America’s back country – Stevie Trujillo
Across US public lands thousands of people are taking to van life

The greatest danger for the US isn’t China. It’s much closer to home – Robert Reich
The columnist and former secretary of labour warns of enemies within

The rice of the sea: how a tiny grain could change the way humanity eats – Ashifa Kassam
Celebrated chef discovered something in the seagrass that could transform our understanding of the sea itself – as a vast garden

Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon – Guardian staff
The Guardian teams up with 16 media organisations around the world to investigate hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group

Beware: Gaia may destroy humans before we destroy the EarthJames Lovelock
Legendary environmentalist argues that Covid-19 may well have been one attempt by the planet to protect itself, and that next time it may try harder with something even nastier

The Rosenbergs were executed for spying in 1953. Can their sons reveal the truth? – Hadley Freeman
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair for being Soviet spies, but their sons have spent decades trying to clear their mother’s name. Are they close to a breakthrough?

Out of thin air: the mystery of the man who fell from the sky – Sirin Kale
Who was the stowaway who fell from the wheel well of a Boeing plane into a south London garden in the summer of 2019?

The life and tragic death of John Eyers – a fitness fanatic who refused the vaccine – Sirin Kale
The 42-year-old did triathlons, bodybuilding and mountain climbing and became sceptical of the Covid jab. Then he contracted the virus

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