Charles is a reporter and producer based in Moscow.
Arts, Culture & Media
Arnas Fedaravičius is a 23-year-old actor who plays "James Snow," a character on a Russian spy mini-series who seems suspiciously like former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. So what's it's like to be Snowden, right down to the glasses?
Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to layoff doctors and nurses has medical workers up arms. And it could create big headaches for the Russian leader.
Russia's rights community says Putin's Russia is looking more and more like the old Russia, with a KGB officer running the country and human rights activists fighting for their existence.
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.