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 Captain Yakovlev was a Russian landowner who was caught in Moscow after the French invasion. His mistress had just given birth to a son, Alexander. After a personal interview with Napoleon, Yakovlev and his family were allowed to leave the city, on the condition that he convey a letter from Napoleon to the tsar in St Petersburg.

Yakovlev called his illegitimate son Herzen, from the German meaning 'of the heart'. Alexander Herzen grew up to become a famous writer and thinker, known as the founder of Russian socialism, who campaigned for the emancipation of the serfs and founded the Free Russian Press from his exiled home in London.

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St Basil's Cathedral
Creative Commons AttributionSt Basil's Cathedral - Credit: Petar Milošević
 St Basil's Cathedral is a brightly-painted, onion-domed church in the Red Square in Moscow. The sixteenth century building's design represents a flaming bonfire. Although it houses the tomb of St Basil Fool of Christ, the cathedral's real, rather more wordy name is The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat.