Editorial: Will we ever understand Russia?
A recent trip to Moscow taught me a few things. One is that Russians are hugely generous and welcoming hosts, and great fun to be with. The second is that, against the backdrop of the Litvinenko affair, suspicion and an addiction to procedure and bureaucracy are alive and well in modern Russia. This was borne out when I was stopped and asked for my passport by a policeman for no good reason other than being with a party of tourists in Red Square. Proceeding through immigration is accompanied by much theatrical rubber stamping and long, hard stares - and that's just to leave the country. Old habits die hard.