Charles is a reporter and producer based in Moscow.
It's getting harder and harder to find people willing to protest against the Russian government — because the consequences of protesting can be so sever.
Edward Snowden is back in the news. While the former NSA contractor has asked to prolong his stay in Russia, the country is taking steps to expand online surveillance of its own citizens.
The US and Europe have imposed a new round of economic sanctions on Russia. Russians brush them off, though some analysts say these sanctions could do real damage.
Conflict & Justice
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.
Russians, buoyed by their success at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year, are looking forward to the World Cup in 2018. But they're worried the Russian national soccer team, which tied twice and lost once in Brazil, will let them down.