Still, I'm a bit surprised that they would try this, completely eliminating the snow will slow the warm-up process in spring, and any vegetation will have a much harder time coming back. The snow prevents the ground from freezing as deeply - without it a lot of plant roots die during winter. Do they really have so few plants in Moscow that this is no big deal? No parks or anything?
I remember there being some small parks around Moscow, but I don't remember any being very large or particularly noteworthy. One of the things there seems to be no shortage of in Russia is labor--you'll find humans performing tasks there that seem either completely unnecessary or like they should've been automated away long ago. This extends to park maintenance, as well. I was amazed at how many people it seemed to take to water the flowers in the park outside the Kremlin the last time I was there. I'd be surprised if they worried about it taking a little more work to get the flowers to grow due to lack of insulating snowcover over the winter.
From the perspective of a modern-day westerner, russians seem to have an interesting relationship with nature. When they build cities, they don't play around. They pile in the industry, and the cities are typically dirty and hazy from exhaust of various kinds, dirt, etc. The parts of Russia I've seen outside of Moscow & St Petersburg look a lot like the photos I've seen of Soviet-era cities, aside from the gradual infiltration of english words in signs over the past several years. In contrast, it seems many families--not just the rich--have summer cottages on the outskirts of the cities which are teeming with gardens and plants and anything green or edible, and are quite pretty (ignoring the smokestacks billowing in the background). It's like they have everything neatly compartmentalized.
I can also see why they seem more willing than we are to screw around with the environment. They don't really have suburbs and sprawl in the same way we do in the US. As you ride the train through the countryside, you see a city with some villages clustered around it, then hours upon hours of solid trees and grasses, then another city with some villages around it, then more hours of trees and grasses. It's an enormous country, and it seems largely unpopulated by humans, aside from those small clusters around the cities you see every so often. It's easy to not worry much about nature when there's so much of it around.
Sounds like a sad, dreary place if so.
You think those famous russian authors all wrote depressing novels by coincidence? Personally, I loved St Petersburg in February, but I'm a little odd that way. I've spent an aggregate of about six weeks in Russia over the past couple years, and while I find the culture fascinating and the people wonderful, I'm not sure I could handle living in any of their cities for an extended period of time. There's a possible exception in St Petersburg, but that one's too european to really be russian, anyway. Russia is definitely a cool place to visit, though--I highly recommend it if you get the chance.