Staunton, Mar. 15 – Vladimir Putin visited Buryatia, a republic in the Russian Far East whose people disproportionately die for him in his war in Ukraine but currently earn less than a third of what Muscovites who don’t do, an even that Leonid Nevzlin says “took place in a perfectly imperial style.”
The former oligarch who now lives in Israel and writes critical commentaries on Putin and his war visited a military factory and met with senior officials, warned against the dangers of nationalism, and ignored the plight of one of the poorest nations within the current borders of the Russian Federation (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=64121A5FA334F
As during leaders’ visits in Soviet times, the place where Putin visited was spruced up in the best Potemkin tradition, with some buildings actually being painted and others draped with enormous covers so that he won’t see the truth about a population he clearly knows little and cares less.
Fortunately for the historical record, the SibReal portal has provided a photographic guide to the city of Ulan Ude, showing both the places Putin won’t be shown and others that have been covered up for his visit so that he won’t see (sibreal.org/a/ulan-ude-kotoryy-ne-pokazhut-putinu-reportazh-iz-stolitsy-buryatii/32317172.html).