Opposition Says Putin Law Cripples Russian Fire-Fighting - Reuters, Aug 3, 2010
Here's the Moscow Times article on the claim by Greenpeace Russia and other groups that the 2007 Forest Code is at fault for the summer wildfires (Aug. 3, 2010, in English, written in Russia by a local journalist)
One way a government can maladapt is to pass laws that impede climate change impact management (like fighting wildfires).
Now this wildfire is costing lives and homes, plus emitting CO2 and destroying forests which act as carbon sinks.
See video of the fires here. The article accompanying is about the destruction of a navy air base. Click on the upper left video still to see more video of the fire.
My thoughts go out to the families in Southwestern Russia.