The Moscow city administration says all special snow removal machines are being used on the streets of the city. Traffic police have called on drivers to refrain from using their private cars and from driving to the city centre. According to weather forecasts, the snowstorm in Moscow may continue into another 24 hours. It looks like the Moscow snowfall has not caused interruption in the work of railways. Snowploughs continue to clear railway lines of snow, which allows controlling the situation, according to RBC news agency. The situation seems to be more complicated on Sakhalin. A strong cyclone went down on the island last night. Bad weather resulted in problems with the fuel and energy system in the region. There is an acute threat of disruptions in coal deliveries to power stations of the region, which may lead to energy shutdowns. The snowstorm resulted in temporary delays in the functioning of the railway system on the island. Seven towns are left without the electricity. The regional commission on emergencies has ordered all companies and organizations to take part in the clearing of their premises.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia