‘It barely feels like Moscow right now. People are smiling’

The World Cup has come to Russia and Muscovites embraced the riot of colour on the streets Russia’s World Cup has finally begun, to the cheers and quiet relief of a nation curious to see what an estimated $14bn (£10.5bn) and years of planning have bought. It was carnival come to Moscow, led by the Latin Americans in a riot of colour remarkable for a city where the weather and demeanour tend toward grey. There were Colombians in floppy clown hats in the metro, Argentinians downing beers in the park at 11 in the morning, and face-painted Brazilians juggling footballs near Moscow State University to kill the hours. And there were thousands upon thousands of Peruvians. Continue reading...