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Soviet Agricultural Success


Above is an image of greenhouses at Agrikombinat Moskovsky which is on the southwestern edge of Moscow.

Since Soviet times, the landscape of Moscow has changed considerably. Nearly 300-acres of greenhouses and 800 markets have been the source of fresh produce in the cold, arctic-climate of this country. The Central Committee of the Communist Party pushed to create these greenhouses nearly 37-years ago which have existed to rebuild the economy and lend its hand to the progression of structurally independent society.

C.J. Chivers, a writer for the New York TImes, establishes ground by laying out the framework of Moscow's modern landscape. His lead is intriguing and keep the reader interested:
In a city starved for winter light, little could seem more out of place than this: On a day dimmed to gray by a canopy of clouds, Russian workers in short sleeves picking green lettuce and fresh herbs, all while illuminated by brilliant light.

His language is descriptive and enticing. At the same time, this article focuses on the ways in which Russia has restructured its own climate in order to become a substantially independent nation with acres of fresh produce even during the brutal cold of winter.


Great photo! Vivid quote! And an unusual choice of stories. A blog posting is supposed to compare two different media outlets. Can you find a similar kind of article (similar in the type of subject -- it doesn't have to be about Russia)? And since you've focused on Chivers' use of language, perhaps compare the use of language in the second one.