My father, a Russian translator, wanted to distinguish me by calling me Misha, the Russian diminutive of his name, Michael. My name and work as a writer specialising in the Balkans has created a myth that I have Slavic connections, but actually I am British.
To understand me, you have to meet me and be around me. And then only if I'm in a good mood - don't meet me in a bad mood.
I can't expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it.
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