Yup, this is how looks the most democratic city in Russia nowadays…
In soviet Russia, it was even worse. That was only place where you can see asphalt (new road) layed directly on the snow
The trim work around the doors and windows of a lot of those houses is beautiful. It’s a shame that they are so run down.
I know, there’s so much beautiful history here. I hate to see things get run down like this.
Meanwhile, the government buys billions worth of weapons…
They pretend Russia is still an empire, but if fact there afraid of China. It can attack Russia – they may want part of Siberia.
It has often been speculated that Siberia is a close “overflow” location for the Chinese – not to mention the minerals & oil reserves.
And the “elected” mayor has done nothing to fix any of this. Just like the rest of the Party of Crooks and Thieves has done nothing. They just take vacations to Italy while the mayoral candidate that the people actually voted for dies from the hunger strike he went on to protest the rigged election.
Welcome to Earth, its the year 2012
You will not have to go far from Moscow to see towns and cities like this.
I guess it would surprise you if I said there are parts of the Dallas area that look just like Astrakhan.
Or North Minneapolis!
Russians deserve a better life
been there 2 years ago and i recognized some of the streets. astrakhan is not that bad, like most bigger towns, its full of contrast. really nice wooden house that ‘sink’ in the land and lean on the side, and a luxuous supermarket on the other side of the road (the last photo). and of course a lot of ‘soviet’ building of housing.
astrakhan can be quite nice, river,waterways,historical center, lively market…
actually, i ve got a newspaper of astrakhan on my desk since then and the computer wallpaper is a picture of a wooden house of astrakhan….
would love to go back there … between kalmyk and kazahk
looks like detroit,or maybe a little better
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