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Title: Fires, hot weather and heavy smog
Post by: Sennaya on August 06, 2010, 12:25:30 AM
Drought, high heat,  fires - now wheat export ban

Amidst the worst drought in 40 years, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced a temporary ban on grain exports.

"I think it is expedient to temporarily ban exports of grain and grain products from Russia," Putin said in a government meeting Thursday.

Russia is the world's third largest wheat exporter, but has the possibility of wheat shortages. The drought has forced the country's Agriculture Ministry to slash its grain forecast from 90 million tons to between 70 and 75 million tons.

Grain prices have been rising everywhere recently, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's Wheat Year in Review Report for 2008-2009, the most recent available.
Title: Re: Drought, fires, hot weather - now wheat export ban
Post by: Sennaya on August 09, 2010, 06:46:56 PM
More than 300 fires continue to put a haze over much of Russia and pour smoke in Moscow with temperature hovering around 100F.  Ai quality is poor and visibility is about 200 meters (600 ft.)
Title: Travel Warning for Russia due to fires and smoke
Post by: Sennaya on August 10, 2010, 09:21:40 PM
August 9, 2010
Travel Warning for Russia due to fires and smoke

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risk of travel to the Russian Federation due to the ongoing wildfires.   The Department of State has authorized the departure of dependents and non-critical mission personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  The Russian Government has declared a state of emergency in specific regions of the country, including the capital of Russia, Moscow.  Air travel to Russia, including international flights, is affected.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to postpone travel to the Russian Federation until the situation has improved.

Ongoing forest fires and extreme high temperatures in the Moscow region and surrounding areas of central Russia have produced hazardous levels of air pollution and caused numerous flight delays and cancellations in Moscow.  The hazardous air quality means that persons with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should seek to relocate to unaffected areas of the country and avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

The situation has prompted the Russian government to declare a state of emergency in Moscow, Vladimir, Ryazan, Voronezh, Novgorod, the Republic of Mordovia, and the Republic of Marii-El.

Fire related conditions can change quickly, due to changes in wind direction and weather conditions.  Persons planning travel from the Moscow area should monitor weather conditions and stay in touch with their airline.

U.S. citizens who have questions, or require assistance, should contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website.

If you require further information or assistance, please visit the U.S. Embassy Moscow website or e-mail us at  The U.S. Embassy Moscow consular section is located at Novinskiy Bulvar 21, Moscow.  The nearest metro stations are Barrikadnaya and Krasnapresenskaya.  You can reach the embassy's switchboard at (7) (495) 728-5000, and the American Citizen Services Unit at (7) (495) 728-5577. In the event of an after-hours emergency, please contact the main switchboard. You may also contact the American Citizens Services Unit by fax at (7) (495) 728-5084.  The U.S. Embassy Moscow website is also available in Russian at

U.S. Consulates General are located in:

St. Petersburg
15 Ulitsa Furshtadtskaya, St. Petersburg 191028
Tel: (7) (812) 331-2600
Fax: (7) (812) 331-2646
After-hours emergencies: (7) (812) 331-2600

32 Ulitsa Pushkinskaya, Vladivostok 690001
Tel: (7) (4232) 30-00-70
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Tel: (7) (343)379-3001
Fax: (7) (343) 379-4515
After-hours emergencies: (7) 8 902 84 16653

Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
Title: Quarter of wheat crop may be lost
Post by: Sennaya on August 12, 2010, 07:02:09 PM
Quarter of wheat crop may be lost

A quarter of Russian crops have been lost in the recent drought, leaving many farms on the brink of bankruptcy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

"Right now, everybody is of course thinking about it -- farmers as well as officials responsible for agriculture," Medvedev said in comments broadcast on Russian state television. "But we also understand that regular people, too, are thinking about what will happen after this extremely tough summer, how it will affect the prices on staples food."

He said government authorities should closely monitor food prices on a daily basis, "otherwise there will always be someone who would want to capitalize on this situation. There are such cases already."

Large parts of Russia have suffered this summer from excessive heat, drought, and a spate of wildfires that have also created stifling smoke and smog. Hundreds have died in the combined disasters.

Alexander Frolov, who heads the Russian meteorological service Roshydromet, said this week that virtually no rain is forecast in Russia this month.

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Title: Fall brings end to fires in Russia
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on September 15, 2010, 06:17:16 AM
It was a rough fire season in Russia with more than 300 fires bringing smoke and smog to the cities and making government officials who fled on holiday very unpopular.

It will take some time to repair the homes lost. Here a field in Vologda shows the damage.