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A Night of Traffic Jam in Moscow

Every winter in Moscow sees terrible traffic jams. Heavy snow, ice, and unsafe driving conditions cause accidents and road closures that frequently bring Moscow traffic to a complete standstill. Over 3 million cars run in the city daily, and thanks to economic upturns, the recent years have seen a significant growth in the number of car ownership in Moscow. But the road conditions haven’t quite caught up to the number of motorists. Add to that Russia's ferocious winter, and you have the perfect recipe for nightmare.

“Driving in Moscow can be a daunting experience for the uninitiated”, says a website called Expat.ru, that has an extensive list of Do’s and Do-not’s when driving in Moscow as well as tips to survive the city’s scariest traffic jams.

“Traffic accidents (and resulting deaths) are more numerous that in North America and most European countries - despite the fact that there still are fewer cars). Russian drivers regularly ignore traffic lights, road signs and traffic regulations as well as pedestrians, so you have to be very careful and drive defensively at all the time. Random stop-n-checks by the Traffic Cops are regular, and you need not have committed any kind of irregularity to be (legally) pulled-over in this way.”

Moscow has been ranked eighth on the list of cities with worst traffic jams. At the same time, experts believe that traffic jam in the Russian capital are the longest in terms of duration. An average jam in Moscow lasts for 2.5 hours.

The following pictures were taken on the night of December 16, 2011 in Moscow by photographer Chistoprudov Dmitry.

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Sources: 1, 2, 3

Related: Traffic Jams Around The World

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