Tall tales from Rus­sia

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – Few cul­tures can match Rus­sia for the qual­ity of its lit­er­a­ture, in par­tic­u­lar that of its fic­tion: the breadth, hu­man­ity, com­pas­sion and di­ver­sity.

Its mas­ters – Tol­stoy, Dos­to­evsky, Chekhov, Go­gol, Pushkin, Tur­genev and Ler­mon­tov – will all be turn­ing in their graves at the trav­esty of the Rus­sian ver­sion of the Sal­is­bury atroc­ity: an ac­count made even more shame­ful for its en­dorse­ment by the Rus­sian pres­i­dent. Tony Crabb

Wal­ton-on-thames, Sur­rey

SIR – In view of all that has hap­pened in Sal­is­bury, surely it is high time that Bri­tish ci­ti­zens im­ple­mented a peo­ple’s boy­cott of Rus­sia. No more tours to St Peters­burg and Moscow.

It is the least we can do to sup­port our Govern­ment in its ef­forts to im­pose fur­ther sanc­tions. Frew Mcmil­lan

Bris­tol

SIR – In your re­port (Septem­ber 14) on the Novi­chok at­tack sus­pects’ ac­count of their time in Bri­tain, a govern­ment source said that Old Sarum is a “place that many Wilt­shire res­i­dents had not heard of ”.

I was born at Old Sarum and it is ac­tu­ally a place that any keen tourist wish­ing to trace the his­tory of Sal­is­bury Cathe­dral would want to visit, as it is the site of the orig­i­nal me­dieval cathe­dral. The stone foot­print of the build­ing is there, to­gether with an ex­plana­tory sign.

How­ever, I would sug­gest that if Alexan­der Petrov and Rus­lan Boshi­rov were able to walk be­tween the two sites and also to sit in the park en­joy­ing a cof­fee in the time they spent in the city, then they are ath­letes of an Olympic stan­dard.

Colonel Philip Barry (retd)

Dover, Kent

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