Russia Forest Fires Being Hidden By Local Authorities, Environmentalists Say
MOSCOW - All the fires raging around the Moscow region have been extinguished, and all new blazes that spring up are put out as soon as they are discovered. That, at least, is the view of the Russian government's Emergencies Situations Ministry and the Federal Fire Service.
But environmentalists insist many fires are still flaring up that the authorities are hiding, including blazes that continue to rage in the Vladimir and Ryazan regions adjacent to Moscow. And very soon, the activists say, a smoky smog will envelop the capital as it did last summer.