Terrorists need help more, Russians can burn

fire in siberia

 

2015/04/21 • Russia

As the massive forest fires erupt in Khakassia, Eastern Siberia, and thousands of people are left homeless, many injured, the Ministry of Emergency Situations decided not to provide transport to the volunteer organization “Vesna” to deliver humanitarian help from Saint-Petersburg to the regions damaged by the flames.

According to the volunteers themselves, the Ministry “thanked them for the rapid response but declined their request on the basis that all their trucks are in the Donbas region now”. Furthermore, the Ministry spokespeople claimed that their special planes can only fly from Moscow, meaning the volunteers would have to deliver the goods to Moscow from Saint-Petersburg on their own dime. But even then they would have to deal with the massive Russian bureaucracy machine as all the goods would have to be inventoried and sent to the ministry for its approval.

Thus the volunteers had to resort to the help of a willing private driver who agreed to take the goods to Siberia in his own truck and be only compensated for the gas money. Luckily, a private Petersburg business which decided to remain anonymous provided the volunteers with 65 thousand rubles needed, so the trip was made possible.

In a week, the “Vesna” volunteers managed to gather 230 kilos of food products, 10 kilos of medications and 15 hundred articles of warm clothing much needed in Siberia during its cold spring. But even then, the volunteers say, most of the gathered goods are being blatantly stolen by the corrupt local officials in Khakassia, who take furniture, electronics and anything of value from the sorting points and warehouses where the goods are being delivered to.

At this point the fire in Khakassia had spread as far as to cover an area of 400 square miles. Yet it looks like the Donbas terrorists would be getting the infamous humanitarian convoys on Russia’s taxpayers expense even as the taxpayers themselves are literally on fire.

Source: NewsRu.com

  • Brent

    So who is protecting the “Russian speakers” inside of Russia?

    • Czech Friend

      fire takes care of ’em all

      • LorCanada

        Unfortunately.

  • Michel Cloarec

    WELCOME TO THE LAND OF RUSSIA . Russia will take care of you ! How ? nobody knows ! 24 years of miserable public sector corruption ! There is no money to make in fires, so they are abandoned to their fates . I hope that will start revolution in the exploited Siberia . The Siberians are going to march onto Kremlin and burn the bloody thing once for all .

    • LorCanada

      It is remarkable how well the Russians hide behind their bureaucracy and end up doing nothing for their own people. Sad.
      The Siberians certainly do have a cause they can rally behind and express their indignation locally, publicly on the media and internet. They ought to organize a march as you say.

      • Michel Cloarec

        It is called INEPTOCRACY . More and more, days after days one find out how this russia is in reality !

        Just some picks from other media follow below.

        “Discontent over unpaid wages was tamped down for a while by a surge in national pride after the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine a year ago, and by repeated messages on state television that the hardship was an unavoidable price to pay for standing up for Russia’s interests. The strikes, in any case, have not been widely publicized in the state news media.”

        “MOSCOW — In the far east, the teachers went on strike. In central Russia, it was the employees of a metallurgical plant. In St. Petersburg, autoworkers laid down their tools. And at a remote construction site in Siberia, laborers painted their complaints in gigantic white letters on the roofs of their dormitories.

        “Dear Putin, V.V.,” the message said. “Four months without pay.”

        After months of frustration with an economy sagging under the weight of international sanctions and falling energy prices, workers across Russia are starting to protest unpaid wages and go on strike, in the first nationwide backlash against President Vladimir V. Putin’s economic policies”
        HOW ALL THAT WILL END ? terrorism, russian ato ?

        • LorCanada

          Thanks, nice to know more of the real facts of what goes on in Russia.

          • Michel Cloarec

            IT IS REALLY A SUMP ! Another article from Kievpost today. I can´t see how all these people can support such a system ! All the S…with the 80 % support. It must lies !

            .

            After workers asked Putin for help, corruption uncovered

            By LYNN BERRY15 hours ago

            MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators opened a new corruption case Wednesday against subcontractors building a space center where workers have gone unpaid for

            months and have appealed directly to President Vladimir Putin for help.

            The Vostochny Cosmodrome, under construction in a remote area in the Far East, is a priority project that will give Russia its own facility for manned space launches and ease its reliance on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

            The Interior Ministry on Wednesday said its investigators had uncovered the embezzlement of 50.5 million rubles (nearly $1 million) by one of the subcontractors,

            in addition to the embezzlement of 48 million rubles by a separate subcontractor uncovered earlier. The ministry did not name the subcontractors.

            Some of the construction workers have not been paid since December, and they have staged several hunger strikes.

            To draw attention to their plight, they painted a message to Putin on the roofs of their barracks in huge white letters that said: “Dear Putin, V.V. Save the workers. We want to work.” Photographs taken from a helicopter were posted on the Internet.

            The workers also were invited to make their case to Putin by video link during his tightly scripted call-in show last week, and the president promised they would receive their overdue wages.

            Even so, about 20 workers declared a new hunger strike on Wednesday. In a statement reported by the Interfax news agency, they said their employer, a subcontractor called Stroiindustriya, owed 311 workers a total of 16.1 million rubles (about $310,000).

            As Russia’s economy has slipped into recession this year as a result of low oil prices and sanctions imposed by the West, some companies have struggled to meet payrolls.

            Major Russian companies are under government pressure not to lay off workers, so as a result wage arrears are on the rise.

            Strikes and protests have broken out around the country, but as at the cosmodrome they have been small and directed at companies or local governments. The anger has not been directed at Putin, who most Russians still see as the solution to their problems and not the cause. His approval ratings remain over 80 percent.Putin, however, appears well aware of the potential threat the economic difficulties pose to his hold on power. He spent most of his four-hour call-in show reassuring Russians that his government was coping with the economic challenges and that the worst was over