As a mouthpiece for a tyrannical regime, the BBC must be without peer. I haven’t read all of Kit’s article yet – it is wonderfully long. If you consume a few paragraphs and feel poisoned there is an antidote. “Uncle Grisha” offers many insights into a more palatable and believable Russia than the country “Auntie” shamelessly misrepresents.
Graham is English but speaks Russian with some fluency and has such an engaging manner that few “natives” seem to object to his questions. A few days ago, he let his hair down (metaphorically) at the stadium in Rostov-on–Don where England played Tunisia in the World Cup. His stock in trade, though, is countering the lies about a country he clearly loves. I’ll give you a link to just one, in the hope that you will seek out more for yourself.