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Bureaucrats in Moscow and St. Petersburg are against the interests of the people. Why?

Besides the obvious climatic inconvenience the abnormal heat in May revealed abnormal bureaucratic behavior toward their own people in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The moscovites and tourists attempts, to find some cool mineral water or ice cream bar under the hot sun met with unexplained problems: the city was cleaned out from the usual stalls with water and ice cream and looked like scorched desert.

From the 30,000 objects of small retailers in Moscow more than 20,000 were eliminated under the pretext that people do not want them in general and they are illegally installed. Today it is difficult to buy the usual stuff in Moscow, which during the Luzhkov era were in walking distance - water, ice cream, bread, flowers and more. If you want to buy mineral water, ice cream for children, flowers for ladies - get in the car or take a cab and drive to the nearest supermarket, spending a half an hour and aggravating traffic jams.

On the eve of the May peak heat in Moscow there was a new attack. Officials of the warmest, Southern District (SAD) start to eliminate refrigerators with mineral water close by the press kiosks. Nine of them were just "stolen", i.e. taken to a penalty stations along with its contents. Other primitive cut wires, apparently, to get the water warmer. In else, all for the good of the people. As it was noted in the media, "the initiators of these dismantling were the councils of districts Brateevo,  Zyablikovo and Moskvorechie-Saburovo, who referred to the decision, which was accepted on a meeting at the district prefecture".

In St. Petersburg "art-tricks" of the officials are not less devastating, but taking into account local habits the government of the governor Poltavchenko acted more delicately. Here the objects of small retailers, including newsstands, were not declared obsolete or irrelevant. The elegance of the solution is simply amazing: officials issued an order, where they demanded to remove all the kiosks and stalls, standing at or near underground communication means. And this, again, ostensibly in the interests of the citizens and their safety. Needless to say, that in the northern capital, the underground utilities, which were laid in the time of Peter, are everywhere. It turns out that 70 percent of small retail facilities, including press kiosks, so hateful by the officials, are subject to liquidation or transfer to a deserted place.

By the way, some members of St. Petersburg community are often criticizing me  in the blogosphere for the fact that I have been actively advocating newsstands. Like, what is the sense of it, when the paper media are doomed! Could be. I note that we are all doomed, will die sooner or later. But why at this evidence the forced euthanasia must be applied to all of us?

Returning to the anti-people actions of officials in Moscow and St. Petersburg, one wonders why they do it? The answer is simple. Apparently, the city cleared out from the retail trade, must be pleasing to the eye of high officials. Streets without stalls and people crowding, drinking water, chewing hot-dogs, reading a free press – isn’t it nice to overbearing eye? I propose to go further away from the streets of cafes, restaurants, shops, pharmacies - all in shopping malls, multi-storey and multi-level. A couple of sparkling reservations. And it is better to place it all far from the city, so to hide the people and their life not to be seen.

Opponents of a network of small retail trade as a result use the argument of appearance of debris, waste, and then rats near the shops and stalls. But this is what we must fight, not the people and their interests. Probably, there is only one way to smash the bureaucratic anti-people sunk in Moscow and St. Petersburg - if you ask Putin V. V. to stop his motorcade, to go out and buy mineral water, ice cream or a newspaper. Fortunately, he lives in Moscow, and sometimes spends the night in St. Petersburg. While on the other hand, such a station will do nothing. They will create "potemkin streets" for him immediately, small retail shopping facilities, catch up happy and satisfied citizens, who will praise the local authorities. Thanks God, the experience of this kind of communication with the people already exists.

I now wonder whether it is possible to transform Moscow and St. Petersburg into "potemkin cities"? One gets the impression that it is possible. Because the citizens of Moscow and St. Petersburg, do not accept the infringement of their interests by the authorities, they are unhappy, swearing, sending unprintable comments on the policy of the local authorities, but still dutifully goes for soda and ice cream to a distant supermarket. In these difficult, anti-human conditions to make a child and a woman happy.

Source: Alexander Oskin’s blog