Staunton, June 25 – Even as Russian officials once again have begun talking about re-starting Vladimir Putin’s push for regional amalgamation, representatives of two non-Russian areas which were absorbed into a larger one are saying that Moscow’s promises that they would be better off as a result are empty.
Instead, representatives of Taymyr and Evenkia in the Krasnoyarsk legislative assembly said last week that their populations were suffering as a result of their amalgamation into the larger and predominantly ethnic Russian kray in 2007 as many opponents of that move said at the time (ng.ru/regions/2013-06-24/6_krasnoyarsk.html
The deputies from the two northern regions have called for the creation of a special working group to control prices, a group that Amosov said should include parliamentarians, kray officials and representatives of public organizations.
According to the Moscow paper, “discussions about the astronomical prices in the former okrugs have become yet another manifestation of the dissatisfaction of the Notherns with the social-economic consequences of the unification of the okrugs and the kray which certain experts prefer to call ‘the swallowing’” of the former by the latter.
Residents of the two former okrugs routinely complain about the results of amalgamation and say they would like to see it reversed. (See ng.ru/regions/2012-05-30/5_separatizm.html