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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…

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