Voices from Russia

Saturday, 8 April 2017

“Our Country has ‘Gone Off the Rails’”


Dear Friends!

Our country has “gone off the rails”, sliding into economic chaos. Furthermore, it’s growing at a rapid pace. My friends continue to go about the villages in Kherson Oblast. This time, they went to the villages of Shkurinovka and Zagoryanovka. They told me:

In these villages, the pensioners are virtually the only ones left. In the last three years, almost all the young people moved out. There’s only one grocery store open in Shkurinovka. Besides that, they have a shortage of medicines, and they haven’t seen a doctor, pharmacist, or ambulance in the past three years. The villagers themselves have to take care of the sick. Agriculture is dead. This spring, they delivered less seed, so they had to plant fewer crops. People don’t know where to sell their produce, as the markets just aren’t there. Fuel, spare parts, and other consumer goods are no longer available to the villagers. However, they paint the bus-stops for in yellow-blue colours regularly, to cover the nasty graffiti that people write about Poroshenko and the present régime, including the local lot in Kherson. Hatred is growing.

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

8 April 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko



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