A lot of Chinese people have moved to Russia and began cultivating the land. And the Chinese do there what Russians don’t like to do – they work.
The Chelyabinsk Region also has a big population of Chinese people who’ve built there thousands of greenhouses. The fact that they gather in the crops three times a year makes some of the locals think that they use chemicals and pollute the environment. They also grumble that the Chinese do not pay taxes. Others, however, agree that the Chinese do good for the region because they cultivate the land residents of Chelyabinsk don’t want to.
Greenhouses. Some of the cellophane has been removed.
Seeing this many greenhouses around is very unusual for a Russian person.
Pipes sticking out of the greenhouses.
They plan to begin farming in December so they’re going to need heating.
The distance between the greenhouses is less than one meter, so all of them look like a large cellophane carpet.
Entrances to the greenhouses are barricaded. The point is that envious locals wanted to destroy the prosperous plantations but the administration of the region prohibited them from doing that.
With their old cellophane they cover firewood to heat the stove in winter.
The Chinese avoid talking to strangers.
Probably, they’re afraid of inspections…
None of them speaks Russian. It’s the best protection, by the way.
In most cases they are friendly and peaceable.
This is where they live.
This is a satellite dish.
A dining room. Here they eat rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Here they sleep. They don’t put their working clothes off before going to sleep…
Boxes for vegetables.
They don’t have a lot of farm machinery…
This year the 2500 Chinese people farming in the Chelyabinsk region, produced over 80 thousand tons of greenhouse vegetables!
Very soon they’ll be growing tomatoes, cucumbers and cabbage here.
One of the disadvantages of their farming is the fact they have to cut trees, because they need a lot of wood to build greenhouses.
At first the Chinese sold their products at a very low price but after visits of some inspections, they had to increase their prices by several times.
Some say that the Chinese are kept there as slaves and had to wash themselves with water from puddles…
The Chinese try not to run across the locals and stay within their farms.
In the Chelyabinsk Region there are over 5000 greenhouses and each of them brings to its owner over 6 million rubles (200 thousand dollars) a month.
A local elderly lady. Her only complaint about the Chinese is the fact that they cut trees and pollute the river.
Location: Chelyabinsk Region