Ryssar intrigerar i Istanbul

They’re camped a week or so away. They’d claim to be restoring order, or to be protecting th Orthodox, or to be being sucked into the vortex one way or another, it wouldn’t matter how. Just as long as they could occopy the city an provide themselves with a reasonable excuse afterwards, when the Eropean Powers started kicking up a fuss. The French, the English, they’re terrified of letting the Russians in – but once they’re in, they’d be here to stay. Look at Crimea.

Orden ur Jason Goodwins The Janissary Tree, en historisk roman som utspelar sig i Istanbul 1836, utgiven 2006, tycks idag närmast profetiska…