Ken Early: Friendly Russians, magnificent football, cheap beer – what’s not to like?
Easy to jump to the wrong conclusions about a nation we only get a partial picture of
Tourists and fans walk near the fan zone on Red Square in Moscow. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty
The Russians in the carriage stared into space the way you do when silently tolerating mild annoyance in a public space. Drunken singing on the metro is nothing new to Russians.