Charles is a reporter and producer based in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin's press secretary just got married in the Russian resort, Sochi. And some opposition activists noticed one of the wedding photos showed him wearing a very expensive watch, estimated at more than $600,000. And it's not the first time that a Russian authority has gotten into some trouble for an expensive timepiece.
The MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday it would close its offices in Russia. MacArthur President Julia Stasch cites new laws that make the organization's presence in Russia unwelcome. The announcement comes at a time after Russia's upper house of parliament included the foundation on a list of foreign organizations it says pose a threat to Russian sovereignty.
Arts, Culture & Media
Teodor Currentzis is recording Mozart's Da Ponte operas in grueling sessions in Perm, a Russian town better know for prison gulags that soaring oratorios. It's part of his rejection — if not hatred — of the norms of the classic music scene.
Science, Tech & Environment
One of Russia's best-known environmental activists has joined the parade of Putin opponents who have left the country. But activist Evgenia Chirikova says she'll continue her work from across the border in Estonia.
Now that Vladimir Putin is back in the public eye, Russia observers can turn their attention back to figuring out who exactly killed opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. But even that isn't the only question surrounding the Kremlin at the moment.