Staunton, May 27 – When Putin’s war in Ukraine began, Natalya Zubarevich and other independent economists warned that there would not be any new roads in Russia for the duration. Their predictions are now proving true, with even the roads had been promised for decades put on the chopping block as being too expensive in time of war.
Most of this suspension of construction has taken place far from Moscow and so has not attracted the attention of the central media that it might have. But one cancellation, that of the Vladivostok-Nakhodka-Vostochny Port, has garnered attention because the authorities have promised it for so long and conditions on roads in that region are so poor.
Residents of that region are outraged by this decision with some recalling that the roads they have been expected to use are so dangerous that losses on them constitute a form of genocide against the Russian people. (On the decision, see ach.gov.ru/checks/doroga-vladivostok-nakhodka-port-vostochnyyprimamedia.ru/news/627899/.)
One Vladivostok expresses the bitterness people there feel in ways that Moscow should be worried about. Elvira Kutuzova says that “yes, times are tough, and yes certainly one has to economize. But perhaps it would be better to spend money not on bullets but on roads?” (sibreal.org/a/iz-za-voyny-novuyu-trassu-vladivostok-nahodka-reshili-otmenit-/31867511.html