Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Simon Sebag Montefiore reflects on Catherine the Great and Prince Potemkin's romance.
4/5 Lesley Chamberlain reflects on the Cold War and finding solace at Moscow's Hippodrome.
3/5 Journalist Vanora Bennett explores the idiosyncrasies of travelling by train in Russia.
2/5 Prof Simon Franklin's attempt to secure a visa leads him to one of Russia's great icons.
1/5 Declan Donnellan reflects on the discoveries he made while working in Russian theatre.