The Olympics — packaged to perfection by Russian President Vladimir Putin and television— is giving us a glossy makeover of a country that few people really understand. The World's Andrew Sussman, a former Moscow correspondent, says it's hard to find the real Russia.
Pro-Russian militants appear to be consolidating their control over towns and cities across the Ukrainian province of Donetsk. Threats of Ukrainian military action failed to materialize. Ukraine says Russia is behind the unrest, and says Moscow has sent in troops without insignia, just as they did in Crimea last month.
The old Soviet car isn't even in the United States. But there's a guy selling Lada parts in Miami. Call hm the Lada whisperer. Cuban expats flock to him, getting the parts for the many old Ladas still chugging along Cuba's streets.