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Welcome to Moscow; please hold your breath

August 8, 2010 |  1:11 pm

Smog in Moscow forces drastic measuresAlexdr DemianchukRtrs

Acrid smoke from major forest and peat fires, combined with Communist ineffectiveness and the normal activities and movements of a few million humans, are choking the Russian capital. Even air traffic was diverted on these warm summer days.

Other than the round-the-clock breathing difficulties, it's a great time to vacation in the historic city and see if former spy chief Vladimir Putin is wearing his shirt or not.

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OK, resume your normal breathing pattern -- except in LA.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters