Seeing Russia through new eyes

As I walked to the boarding gate for Moscow to meet my tour group, a stray thought fluttered through my mind: “Why, when over the past years so many Russian Jews have been happy to come this way, am I flying out in the opposite direction?” The thought continued to hover in my mind on my arrival in Moscow as I was confronted with drab monolithic buildings, unending traffic, serious faces and an absence of English – written and spoken – in hotels, stores, museums and ordinary street encounters.


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