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An extraordinary political salon has been created in Moscow by a woman who trusts intuition

By Edward Skidelsky   March 1999

It is a pity, although perhaps inevitable, that the Russia presented to us in the pages of the British press is populated entirely by bandits, political mountebanks and crank spiritualists. Unnoticed go the vast majority who merely want to live out their lives undisturbed by public events. Unnoticed, too, go the small group of liberal intellectuals who strive to make this possible.

A prominent member of this latter group is Lena Nemirovskaya, founder and director of the Moscow School of Political Studies. It is hard to know how to describe this institution without making it sound turgid and worthy, as…

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