The fires are moving closer to the nuclear facilities and the danger of a nuclear accident is growing in spite of the half-hearted attempts by the authorities to protect at least these crucial nuclear facilities.
A thick smog has descended on Moscow, forcing hundreds of offices to close down. People have taken to wearing masks and pouring water in the streets in an attempt to protect themsleves at least somewhat form the noxious fumes. The air in Moscow has become ten times more toxic than usual.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Russian president was greeted in Nizhni Novgorod by the citizen's irate promises to "hang him by the balls." Hopefully, the Russian people will finally find the strength to carry out this promise.
At this point, the Russian government is conducting business as usual by concealing the number of victims of this tragedy:
New revelations suggest Moscow's record heatwave and heavy smoke from forest fires may be far deadlier than Russia has admitted so far. Extreme heat and heavy smoke from forest and peat fires has doubled Moscow's death rate, according to the head of the city's health department, Andrei Seltsovsky. Mr Seltsovsky has revealed about 700 people are dying a day, which is twice the usual number. "In usual times 360-380 people are dying each day. Now it is around 700," he said. There are also reports the city's morgues are running out of room. The increase coincides with a record heatwave and the shroud of heavy smog in the city. But Russia's federal health ministry has disputed the figures.The cynicism of the Russian government is, as usual, undefeated. I hope that the people of Russia will finally decide that they have had enough.