Charles is a reporter and producer based in Moscow.
Jay Close has built houses, jumped out of planes, and cooked food for the Rolling Stones. Now he's a cheese maker in Russia who's reaping the benefits of Moscow's embargo on Western food imports. And this American is awfully popular right now with his Russian customers and the media.
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.