The Moscow police Academy. The surroundings, as is to be expected, are austere and the uniforms have those distinctive caps characteristic of another era. Charles Fréger’s purpose, however, was not to wallow in old-fashioned, post-Soviet charm, nor to go hunting for relics of it. As with the Rikishi series and then, later, Empire, there was a lot of negotiating to be done before he was allowed onto the premises in order to continue his exploration, in foreign countries, of the world of apprenticeship.