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.
The Soviet Union sacrificed a lot during World War II. Millions of Russians died, more than from any other country. And for them, the D-Day invasions were an answer to their appeals to the West to relieve pressure on the Soviet forces who were battling the Nazis.