Welcome to Moscow; please hold your breath
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.
OK, resume your normal breathing pattern -- except in LA.
-- Andrew Malcolm