MOSCOW EVENS THE SCORE
Soccer fans visiting World Cup host Moscow will discover a city to equal rival St Petersburg
Many local Russians were appalled 20 years ago, when a massive, 98mhigh statue of Peter the Great, looking out to sea from a sail ship, like the explorer Christopher Columbus, was erected on the banks of the Moskva River in downtown Moscow.
Not only was it so unsightly that it had been voted among a world top 10 of ugly statues, they argued, but it deified a man who so loathed Moscow that he shifted the capital to the Baltic Sea, to St Petersburg. Capital status was returned to Moscow almost exactly a century ago. But Russians still argue the merits, the different qualities, of the two fascinating cities, which have a combined population of almost 16 million, two thirds of them in the present capital.
Moscow is the heart of Russia, St