I think your front-page picture and comments are totally misleading, having just returned from Moscow. Your picture is like taking a bad, smoggy day in Los Angeles and publishing it as a typical day in our city. We found Moscow clean, bright, colorful, full of active people shopping or going about their business. We did have some rain, but most days the sun shone, the air was clear and the sky was blue. The people we had contact with were polite, helpful, and they do smile.