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Good news from Russia

Russians are not all mafiosi and die-hard communists. One visitor to the country is pleasantly surprised

By Robert Chandler   January 1999

Russia is always overwhelming, is always too much for English people to take in. This is true whether we talk about history, geography or culture. It is difficult for someone brought up in England to grasp the scale of the killing carried out by Lenin and Stalin; it may be no less difficult for them to imagine the immensities of Russian space. And it is difficult to imagine an English Dostoevsky.

During a recent visit to Russia I had an almost physical sense that my mind simply did not have enough stretch to accommodate all that I saw. I was…

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