Charles is a reporter and producer based in Moscow.
Many Russians were overjoyed by the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, though there is still skepticism over how long improved ties will last.
People in Russia aren't spending much time marking the 25 anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. But its effects continue to play out in modern geopolitics.
What is real and what is fake now seems the dominant theme of world politics. Here's what it means for perceptions about Syria among two very different world powers.
Russia's opposition likens itself to Michael Phelps facing an extreme challenge. "If you have a champion swimmer, and you fill up the pool with acid, he won't be able to swim. But it doesn't mean he's a weak swimmer."
A series of doping scandals involving Russian athletes has led to calls for an outright ban against the entire Russian Olympic squad. Now Russian athletes are waiting to find out whether they're going to have to sit this one out.