Not everything is going down the plughole in the Putin empire. As of the past few weeks, a channel has been unblocked and, for the first time, Russian music lovers can download to their hearts’ content.
We’ve just received the current hit list. No 1 in the all-music charts is….
…. and if you look further down you will find, at number 5, 50 greatest pieces of classical music by the London Philharmonic and, at number 10 Chopin Nocturnes, played by Arthur Rubinstein. There is hope yet for the furtherance of civilisation.