A fascinating book by The Economist‘s Central and East European correspondent, Edward Lucas:

First a medieval fortress and then the citadel of Soviet totalitarianism, the Kremlin’s rose-red walls have rarely made lovers of liberty and justice feel at home. It is as if Britain’s government were based in the Tower of London, or France’s in the Bastille. Certainly the ideas now bubbling under its onion domes would have been all too familiar to its past occupants: put bleakly, Russia is reverting to behaviour last seen during the Soviet era.

For the justification of these remarks, see the book: it is recommended reading.

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