Inside Chechnya

9 05 2013

The skyscrapers of the Grozny city complex are seen in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013.

The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya back on the world’s front pages, Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn.The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear.

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Moscow Covered By Smog-Pictures

7 08 2010

A Kremlin honor guard is seen at Alexander's Garden outside the Kremlin in heavy smog covering Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. The city of Moscow was shrouded Friday by a dense smog that grounded flights at international airports and seeped into homes and offices, as wildfires that have killed 50 people nationwide continued to burn. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

The smog in Moscow is getting thicker.

Moscow is the capital of Russia.

The smog came from the wildfires and forest fires that are burning in western Russia.

This is among the forest fires that caused heavy smog in Moscow. (AFP/Artyom Korotayev)

Airborne pollutants such as carbon monoxide is at six times the normal levels.

So the Russians and the tourists need to wear masks to protect themselves.

Tourists wear protective face masks as they walk along the Red square in thick smog, with Saint Basil's Cathedral partially visible in the back, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. The city of Moscow was shrouded Friday by a dense smog that grounded flights at international airports and seeped into homes and offices, as wildfires that have killed 50 people nationwide continued to burn. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

The smog got inside the buildings in Moscow.

The State Historical Museum, on Red Square was forced to close because it couldn’t stop its smoke detectors from going off.

The smog is so thick that we can’t see very far away.

Some flights to Moscow’s Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports had been diverted to other airports.

There could also be road accidents because the drivers can’t see clearly in the thick haze.

The fires drew comment from officials and activists at international climate-change talks in Bonn, Germany.

There are natural disasters all over the world.

Russia is burning and Pakistan is drowning.

I think the people in Moscow should avoid going outside because the thick smog can cause accidents and the air quality is very low.

St. Basil's Cathedral, left, and the Kremlin, right, are seen as tourists walk through thick smog on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Tourists walking along Red Square in heavy smog, Friday , August 6, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin.

A tourist taking photos in heavy smog in Red Square in central Moscow, Friday, August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

A fire fighter attempts to extinguish a forest fire near the village of Dolginino in the Ryazan region, some 180 km (111 miles) southeast of Moscow, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. Over the last 24 hours, firefighters have extinguished 293 fires, but 403 others have been spotted while more than 500 have continued to rage over large swathes of countryside, some of them out of control, the Emergencies Ministry said. (AP Photo)





Cool Off In The Hot Weather-Photos

18 07 2010

It is a very hot summer almost everywhere.

Just a few months ago, it was freezing in Florida, U.S.A.!

A blanket of ice covers strawberries Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Plant City, Fla. Farmers spray their crops to help protect them against the cold temperatures. Temperatures in the area dipped into the mid-20's, and farmers are working to salvage millions of dollars' worth of strawberries and other crops. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Now Japan, Serbia, Germany, Italy, U.S.A.,Hungary, Russia and Poland are being hit by very hot weather and heat wave.

And people get into the rivers, fountains, beaches, sprinkles and others places where there are water to cool off 🙂

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In Belgrade, Serbia people crowd a swimming pool to cool off Saturday,July 17,2010.

A boy enjoys splash at Tokyo park Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Kids play in a water park in Indianapolis, Friday, July 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Tubers float down the lower Salt River Friday, July 16, 2010 in the Tonto National Park in near Mesa, Ariz. Temperatures are expected to hit 115 today with an excessive heat warning for the Phoenix metro area. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Tourists cool down themselves in a fountain at the central Prague's Wenceslas Square.(AP Photo)

Cooling down at All-Russian Exhibition Centre, Moscow Friday July 16,2010. (AP Photo)

Cool off with a sprinkler system on the lawn of Mariannenplatz in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo)

Vitus the polar bear trying to cool off at a zoo in Budapest, Hungary. (AP Photo)

People cooling off in a fountain in central Moscow in Russia. (AP Photo)

A tourist cools off his head into a fountain in Rome's People square, Friday, July 16, 2010, as temperatures are expected to reach 38 Celsius degrees (100.4 Fahrenheit) over the week-end in central and northern Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A man swims in a fountain outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 16, 2010. A heat wave hit central Russia with temperatures rising above 30C (86F) breaking temperature records. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

Boys ride bicycles at a fountain try to cool themselves in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, about 1500 kilometers (900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 15, 2010.A heat wave hit central Russsia and Ural breaking temperature records going higher than 30 C (86 F). (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Cooling off in a fountain in Minsk, Belarus. (AP Photo)

People cool off at the Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica , Calif., Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The first significant heat wave of the year is expected to intensify Wednesday in Los Angeles with temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 90s. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)








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