The Russian city of Syktyvkar is not big. It has just around 200,000 people. It is on the river, as are many older cities, and its name means “City on the River” translated from the ancient Komi language. Now, back to the present times – one of our favorite Russian bloggers Ilya has traveled to Syktyvkar and taken these awesome pictures to see how residents of cities that are at some distance from Moscow live their day to day lives. And here is this awesome report!
Basically, Syktyvkar is not a poor place. The republic of Komi, of which Syktyvkar is the capital, is number thirteen in Russia on the life level rating – out of a total of 90 regions. So it’s in the top 15 Russian regions. Also it is in the top 6 GDP in Russia – among 89 other places – so again, it’s a decent place according to Russian ratings. This region produces oil, gas, gems, lumber and many other things.
So Ilya starts with these trash bins and says it cannot be reached because of this huge lake-like puddle.
Sometimes trash bins are overfilled a lot.
Abandoned cars can stay on the streets and nobody seem to care. For years.
Just a regular court yard.
Ilya says that sometimes there are no trash bins at all so people just drop garbage in one big pile in their court yard.
This is a road and another pile of garbage. Ilya calls this “medieval”.
Because there is a lot of trash laying around – it feeds stray animals – namely dogs, which are very numerous in the city and as Ilya says often attack humans.
A stray dog in the shopping mall – they even go inside the shops. The stray dogs often injure kids, Ilya says it happens very often – once a week for sure.
Nobody seems to care about stray dogs on the streets and inside the grocery stores. The dog just wants to steal a sausage – why should we care?
Ilya says its hard to walk around without boots.
You need to constantly look down.
Sometimes people living in these apartment buildings drive their cars over the lawns so now its hard to say where this is a normal road and where it was a lawn – they ruined their courtyards themselves.
Ilya says that in the suburbs there are often no roads at all.
Nobody even wants to get together and build the road to their place – why should we care?
Ilya says this is typical of Syktyvkar. Both mayors are jailed now, and the governor of the region is jailed too.
Some people use wooden pallets to make paths to their houses so they don’t get stuck in the mud.
The city is falling apart – says Ilya.
Election propaganda promises “comfortable life for every citizen of Syktyvkar”.
People believe the propaganda but continue to live like this.
“Comfortable life”, says Ilya.
“Probably at the last election they promised a pallet for each city puddle”, says the blogger.
Walking around with a newborn.
Ilya says puddles are pretty handy – when you get out of the muddy courtyards and onto some paved roads you can wash the mud off your boots like this man does.
“Beautiful place”, says Ilya.
Kids run to school.
The more impudent people surround their piece of land in the court yards with fences and chains to host their huge cars.
Some time before this there was a grass lawn here.
A bench to sit and watch a puddle and bottoms of parked cars, says Ilya.
“Car owners here don’t respect anyone”, says the blogger.
They destroyed all the lawns and move this dirt and mud from the court yards to the city center.
But nobody cares.
Another court yard from Syktyvkar.
Car owners always park on the lawns, people can’t even walk through – says Ilya.
Again a dog. “I wasn’t able to find ANY comfortable courtyards anywhere in the city!” says the blogger.
Also Syktyvkar can boast tremendous amounts of useless ads. Like – look what they made with just a bus stop! – says Ilya.
Everything is usually drowned in ads.
Just look at this.
This is huge!
And this is a city street downtown.
A bus stop with a swamp inside.
Many city areas are constantly flooded.
You can’t reach the buildings and its not even spring! Spring might bring mayhem – says Ilya.
Just look at this!
An entrance to an apartment building!
People live here, says Ilya.
“Is there any hope?” asks the blogger.
And then answers himself – “Yes there is – a highway out of Syktyvkar!”.
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