The traffic jam started forming on Friday, after heavy snowfall in the region of Tver, located 160 kilometres northwest of Moscow. Along a more than 200-kilometre stretch of road, hundreds of vehicles – mostly trucks – came to a standstill on the highway linking Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Some drivers spent more than three days in their vehicles, with temperatures reaching -5° celsius on Sunday night.
By Monday the Russian authorities still hadn’t managed to address the situation, with four thousand people still stuck in their vehicles. Warm meals were distributed and heated tents were put up near the roadside to help accomodate them.
But even after this fiasco, Russia does not hold the record for worst traffic nightmare – in 2010, a traffic jam lasted for more than a week in China.