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Moscow: city of smog (photos)

Smoke from peat fires which rage outside Russia’s capital have covered the city in thick smog, but life carries on.

WILDFIRES WHICH continue to blaze across Russia have covered Moscow in a thick smog. Citizens have been advised to wear face masks for protection against the thick smoke, but continue to go to work and travel around the city.

Moscow’s three main airports have re-directed some flights because of the smog.

The fires, which have killed 52 people so far, caused concern for the stability of nuclear and military material stored in the afflicted provinces. According to Russia’s Ria Novosti, the threat of a nuclear explosion has been averted by moving the material to a safer location.

Moscow: city of smog (photos)
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    A tourist wearing a protective face mask takes photographs at the Novodevichy Monastery, as a blanket of heavy smog covers 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.Source: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
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    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. Source: AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel
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    Tourists wear protective face masks as they walk along the Red Square. Source: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze
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    A river boat makes its way on the Moskva River, as the Kremlin is seen on the left.Source: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze
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    South African President Jacob Zuma, right, takes part at a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.Source: AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel
  • Russia Fires

    This true-color image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired 5 August, 2010 shows smoke from fires burning across western Russia. On Friday, visibility in parts of the capital was down to a few dozen yards (meters) due to the smog caused by the fires, which carries a strong burning smell and causes coughing. Source: AP Photo/NASA/MODIS Rapid Response
  • Russia Smog

    Two women with a boy wear masks protecting from the thickest blanket of smog covering walk through a street as the heavy smog covered Moscow, Russia, early Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.Temperatures up to 100 F (38 C) have exacerbated forest and peat bog fires across Russia's central and western regions, destroying close to 2,000 homes. Source: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
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    A Kremlin honor guard is seen at Alexander's Garden outside the Kremlin, through a heavy smog covering Moscow.Source: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze

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