The skies were clear over Moscow Thursday, giving residents a desperately needed break from air pollution thanks to favorable winds and some success in fighting wildfires that have choked the capital with clouds of acrid smog.
People walked through the streets without the masks that have become ubiquitous. The towers of the Kremlin and domes of Orthodox cathedrals could be seen without the yellowish veil that's shrouded them for a week.
"I can finally open the balcony door to let my cat warm in the sun," said economics student Evgeniya Lavrova, 21. "You walk in a street, feel a light breeze and want to breathe again."
Weather experts warned that the smog could return over the weekend after winds change again, but chief of Russia's main weather service, Roman Wilfand, said that the unprecedented heat wave that has tormented Russia for most of the summer would end next week.
Right now Ovie is training with Kovalchuk, Zherdev and other guys at Rublevski highway skating rink (Gorki-2), but starting August 15th he will join Moscow Dynamo.
Here's Alyonka's today's tweet:
A nice change from the heat. Heading to a pick-up game w/uncle fil, ovi, kovy, zherdev & co.
Expect another post on YouTube from Alyonka.