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Thoughts from Moscow

Posted by on Monday, 29 March, 2010

So, I arrived in Moscow very early this morning and the guy lifting me from the airport gave me a whistlestop tour of some of the sites in the city including Red Square & St Basils, the kremlin and because I have been reading all the bond books recently, the FSB building at lubyenko. He advised me about the closest metro stop to the hotel and to the office and which line to take etc, my knowledge of Russian is nil and my ability to read cyrillic characters is even worse so the journey would be exciting. After letting my nearest and dearest know I had arrived safely I managed to fall over to sleep at about 4am. This morning, I got a couple of texts/emails this morning from my mum and dad both asking me to let them know I was ok which surprised me since I had already checked in with them. Decided to check the news on my blackberry just in case and saw the horrific news about the train bombings on the Metro here. I remember hearing about the 7/7 bombings in London and thinking how scary it would have been to be underground when it was going on, my brother was living in London at the time and it took him about 2 hours to get a phone signal to be able to check in.  The fco website was updated but has since had the section about the incident removed – I guess they're updating it atm.  The pictures of the metro system show just how busy it can be, the first time I used it was just mindblowing – so many people, not knowing where you're going, not having much clue about how to read the map if you do get lost but a necessary and quite fun part of Moscow life. It is used by everyone getting to and from work, is cheap, punctual and normally very safe. We can only imagine the experiences of those on the trains at the time and hope that as many people as possible can be saved.

Thankfully, all is well – I'm in my hotel room overlooking a city which looks exactly like it did yesterday and trying to focus on this article which my friend @a_r_w sent me.  The conclusion of the article is:

The surest defense against terrorism is to refuse to be terrorized. Our job is to recognize that terrorism is just one of the risks we face, and not a particularly common one at that. And our job is to fight those politicians who use fear as an excuse to take away our liberties and promote security theater that wastes money and doesn't make us any safer.

I am leaving for work shortly.