Dateline Moscow

Andrew McChesney

News Editor – Adventist Review

Spies Like Us

Over the past decade five United States ambassadors have graciously invited me to Spaso House, an elegant mansion off the traffic-congested Garden Ring Road, where U.S. ambassadors have lived since the United States established diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union in 1933.

But a recent visit marked the first time I was accused of being a spy. Twice.

A throng of military men wearing smart uniforms in various shades of green greeted my eyes as I entered the main hall of Spaso House for a welcoming reception for several new defense officials to the U.S. embassy. Shiny medals dangled from the chests of the officers from several dozen countries, while …

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