The scrooge of Kalpaka Street in foul Xmas mood

  • 2006-12-20
  • By Gary Peach
As a rule, diplomats are a taciturn class. They are constricted by the ethics of their profession, so when they speak, it is normally in highly regimented language, sometimes even soporific. Journalists looking for soundbites walk away disappointed. There are, thankfully, a few exceptions. In the Baltics we have Viktor Kalyuzhny, Russia's ambassador to Latvia, a career oil man who was dispatched to Riga because, well, the Kremlin didn't know what else to do with him. Since taking up the post he has been active, attending functions and giving interviews to anyone who will listen. Much of wha...
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