“London is always a good idea.” Observed recently in a furniture shop.
Presumably for those Russians who are not in the 600 or so who are both rich and Anglophile enough to send their children off to Hogwarts every year.
Anyhow, Anglophilia is extremely prevalent in Russia.
What’s interesting is that it is if anything more acute amongst the middle-aged “Soviet” generations, who are familiar with English literature. They expect to walk into a Jane Austen novel or something upon disembarking at Heathrow.
Though these days it’s perhaps more humane to let them continue living under those delusions.
I have heard that in China it is the United States that tends to be idolized. This at least makes sense. While there are plenty of admirable things worthy of emulation in America, I can think of almost none as regards the UK. If I was supreme dictator I’d even copy more things from Germany (e.g. their healthcare system).
Well, except perhaps making the idea of Moscow into a center for Western offshore money. With the appropriate policies and PR, Madoff could have made off to Russia instead of jail (and more importantly, his $$$).