Thousands of trucks, cars and drivers have been stuck, some for three days, in a traffic jam over a hundred miles long caused by heavy snow northwest of Moscow.
Russian state television channels showed field kitchens operating on the side of road set up by the Russian Emergencies Ministry.
Reports put the length of the traffic jam at about 118 miles with drivers having to sit put in temperatures of minus five degrees Celsius.
The M-10 highway links Moscow with Russia‘s second largest city St Petersburg, some 434 miles northwest from the capital, and stretches further to the border with Finland.
The days-long traffic jam on Russia’s main highway underscored problems with inadequate infrastructure that persist more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, in which a focus on defence spending has meant skimping on everything from roads to housing and healthcare.
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