In true Putin style, the Daily Telegraph has removed all trace of Russia Beyond – the Russian propaganda supplements it used to publish for vast amounts of roubles – from its website.
The paper began publishing the supplements in 2007 during Will Lewis’s period as editor. The Telegraph’s tone on Russia – it used to fully subscribe to Ronald Reagan’s view that it was “the evil empire” – softened markedly after that.
I remember a few years later being told not to poke fun at Evgeny Lebedev. I’d had the temerity to report how he had employed Alexander Fiske-Harrison to train him to be a matador. He had proved so risk-averse Fiske-Harrison had had to put him in the ring with a cow.