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Edward Skidelsky shuttles between two contending realities in the new Russia

By Edward Skidelsky   February 1997

Living abroad in general, and in Russia in particular, raises the question: who is one to trust? The problem is no longer, as it used to be, one of knowing who is lying and who is not. Russians are no longer directed by their government to lie to foreigners. The problem now is a more complex one: whose interpretation of reality can I rely upon, who is to be my touchstone for distinguishing true from false, real from illusory?

After leaving university, I decided to live for six months in Moscow. During that stay I was torn between two mutually…

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