The Nation: Snow Is a Friend

It has been snowing in Moscow since Sept. 24. For much of that time, the thermometer has huddled between zero and 15° F. The Russians love it. From his toasty (75°) office on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, TIME'S Moscow correspondent, Marsh Clark, explained why:

The Russians have a symbiotic relationship with cold. For them, snow is a matter of both pride and necessity. It was, after all, General Winter as much as any Russian field marshal who saved the capital from Napoleon and Hitler. Without a heavy covering of snow, the winter wheat crop suffers. The...

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