daylight saving time in the rubble of Grozny

Paul Eggert eggert at
Wed Feb 7 09:23:57 UTC 2001

John Daniszewski's story "Scavengers in the Rubble" in today's Los
Angeles Times reports the following about Grozny, the capital of Chechnya:

   There is no electricity, running water or garbage collection.
   Other commonplaces of modern life, such as telephones, anesthetics
   and television, are almost nonexistent.  News--often false--is
   spread by word of mouth.  A rumor that it was time to move the
   clocks back put this whole city out of sync with the rest of Russia
   for two weeks--even soldiers stationed here began enforcing curfew
   at the wrong time.


Warning: Daniszewski's story is strong stuff.  The quote above is one
of the rare cheerful moments in it.  The 100,000 citizens of Grozny
have a terrible existence.  I could not finish his story with dry eyes.

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