Lone Man Strips in Protest at Long Moscow Winter

MOSCOW, March 29 (RIA Novosti) – A man in Moscow stripped down his swimming costume in front of the national weather forecast center on Friday in a solitary picket to demand warmer temperatures.

Twitter user Masha Tsitsurskaya posted a picture of the man as he held up a sign reading: “Let Summer Come Faster.”

Tsitsurskaya confirmed to RIA Novosti that the man was standing in front of the Hydro-Meteorological Center.

Beleaguered Russians have endured unusually cold weather this year well into March, by which time conditions usually begin to take a turn for the better.

A Hydro-Meteorological Center representative said nobody among the agency’s staff noticed the one-man picket, but promised that the demands would nonetheless soon be met.

“Temperatures will be positive, everything will thaw fast,” center deputy director Dmitry Kiktyov told RIA Novosti. “We are meeting him halfway.”

Temperatures began below freezing on Friday but rose to a high of around 3 degrees Celsius in the middle of the day. Slightly warmer weather is forecast for the coming week.


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