Russia

Conflict & Justice

Russia presents many theories, but few answers, about what happened to Malaysia flight 17

While calling for an open investigation, the Kremlin has distributed varying accounts of what happened with Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Conspiracy theories and unfounded claims run rampant throughout Russia's strictly regulated media. Some argue this is an intentional move to keep Russian news consumers confused and misinformed.

Global Scan

Researchers have identified the key to a successful dictatorship

It's not easy to be dictator, what with the threat of coups and all. Now US and Canadian researchers are helping with a sort of Dummies' guide to dictatorship. Meanwhile, Russians are hearing that the Malaysia Airlines tragedy is a Western plot. And Iran has decided to boost its population by banning vasectomies. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Russians react to the Malaysia airplane tragedy with denials, conspiracy theories — and tears

As evidence mounts that a Russian anti-aircraft missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the government and ordinary Russians distrust the facts and deny that Russia had any responsibility. Moscow-based reporter Natalia Antonova shared the reactions she heard, including real sadness at the tragedy, with PRI's The World.

Arts, Culture & Media

A Russian writer who wrote about the absurdity of life now has a street in Queens named after him

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.

Global Scan

An experiment in crowd-sourced news for China 'disappears' at the hands of government censors

China's not known for its press freedom — though its citizens are voracious consumers of news. A new site, Cenci, had taken the country's journalism world by storm ... until censors decided to make it invisible. Meanwhile in Boston, you can buy soup in bite-size, edible balls. It's a Harvard researcher's idea to cut plastic waste. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Sochi Olympics will have security on full display

The investigation continues into the terrorist attacks in Russia earlier this week. While there's been no claim of responsibility, officials are already worrying about what it means for the Olympics. Security is expected to be unprecedented. Plus Jihad Jane looks set for a long prison sentence and Edward Snowden pushes Julian Assange out of the spotlight in today's Global Scan.