Edward Snowden, revealer of U.S. government secret surveillance and international man of mystery, is thought to be in Moscow. This may be a brief stop between Hong Kong and someplace else (Ecuador? Cuba?) or maybe his visit will last longer.
If it's longer, he'll need advice. Here’s some:
--Stay off the Arbat. It might be a popular tourist thoroughfare, and yes, there’s at least one hotel in the neighborhood renting rooms by the hour, which might suit a man on the lam. But the Arbat is pretty tawdry these days. Do you really need to visit the Museum of Torture now? Also, the Arbat is neighbored by the U.S. Embassy, which just might have people looking for you.
--Don’t miss that big, old building that dominates Lubyanka Square in central Moscow. That’s the Lubyanka, a.k.a. the old KGB headquarters. To really mess with people’s minds, hold your next anti-surveillance press conference out front.
--Don’t go to the baths. You’ll have to leave your stuff in a locker. Bad spycraft.
--Kiss your rubles goodbye. Moscow consistently ranks among the costliest cities in Europe.
--Enjoy a stroll in Gorky Park. But bear in mind the opening of the Martin Cruz Smith crime-thriller novel “Gorky Park” (1981), in which three bodies are found there.
--Try lunch in the upstairs “library” portion of Café Pushkin, near Pushkin Square. Sure, it’ll cost you about $24 for a seafood salad, but lots of high-level government officials take their power lunches there. Maybe you can buttonhole one in the cloakroom. Good spycraft, right? Then again, long-term, maybe your odds are better at the U.S. Embassy.
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