Friday, July 24, 2015

Russia’s Company Town Problem Returns with a Vengeance – and Even Putin Can’t Go to Them All

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 24 – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s acknowledgement that there isn’t enough money to handle even those company towns (“monogorody”) which Moscow rates as in “crisis categories” calls attention to the reemergence of this problem, one that Russian politician say is now beyond Vladimir Putin’s capacity to handle by personal visits as he did in Pikalevo.

            This week, the editors of “Argumenty nedeli” asked four prominent Russian political figures to react to Medvedev’s statement and to suggest whether and how Moscow will be able to cope with the crisis now growing in more than 200 of the company towns that had already been hard hit by earlier economic problems (

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