Magazine
Latest Issue

Letter from Moscow

Liam Halligan, in Moscow for the city's 850th celebrations, wonders about the bad news from Russia

By Liam Halligan   November 1997

In the early 1990s, with the loss of an empire still hurting, and the country lurching between coups, Russians cared deeply what other countries thought about them. Now, growing national confidence seems to mean a healthy indifference to foreigners’ views.

On a late summer break to visit Moscow’s 850th birthday celebrations, I found that the new generation of Russians is almost grateful to be underrated. Something very special is happening here, they are saying, whether you westerners like it or not-we are about to rewrite history before your eyes.

Even the unfortunate timing of Princess Diana’s funeral-on just the wrong…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect