17:36 Apr. 25, 2016
Russia's capital to throw about 1million USD to the wind
This year the Kremlin authorities will spend more than one million U.S. dollars on cloud seeding technology. The special technology, which guarantees a good weather, will be covered by the Moscow city budget, according to the Russia's state procurement website.
May 1, also known as the International Worker's Day [a Soviet holiday that praises labourers], coincides with a celebration of the Orthodox Easter. Since the weather is expected to be cloudy and rainy, the Moscow authorities decided to pay for 'blue skies'.
Each year, Moscow spends more and more funds on cloud dispersal. In 2015, more than USD 6 million were spent on good weather.
The steady temperatures and clear skies are secured by a special plane that sprays solution of granulated carbon dioxide, liquid nitrogen, and special cement.
In September 2015, despite the protective means, the weather during the Moscow City Day was cloudy with occasional showers.
Consequently, the Anti-Corruption Foundation asked the antimonopoly service and prosecutor's office to figure out what the money was actually spent on.