Moscow does sound a bit knocked around, doesn’t it? Being plundered by both the French and the Russians . . .
But there’s no pretending that wouldn’t happen in any Australian capital city if were invaded by someone else and then abandoned.
Still, it’s the image of the teeming but destroyed anthill gradually being repaired that is demonstrated here, and I think it works well. And in a (humourous?) sidenote in the last sentence, Count Rastoptchin is back to making posters . . . Obviously not too guilt-ridden after the bloodthirsty events he caused before leaving Moscow.