Miriam Elder, The Guardian
The Soviet Union was notorious for its endless form-filling and procrastination. Nothing much seems to have changed, as BBC Moscow correspondent discovered when she tried to get some dry cleaning done.
On the face of it, life in Moscow is not easy. Either you’re dodging speeding cars, or praying your plane won’t crash; paying an arm and a leg for groceries, or avoiding those who have availed themselves of the country’s dirt cheap vodka. But deeper down, there is something called the “Russian soul”. Without going into the details, this means that life in Russia – life in its cultural, philosophical sense – is richer than anywhere.