The Russia Left Behind
I stumbled on this article today about life in some of the rural areas in the 400ish mile stretch between Moscow and St. Petersburg. I’ve heard horror stories from a friend that lives in St. Petersburg about what life is like in some of Russia’s rural villages and this article seems to confirm it. I think it’s kind of interesting to see what things look like in an industrialized country when fuel and capital is scarce and there’s little to no government assistance. My friend told me that one of the big problems in the countryside is that when something breaks, it often doesn’t get fixed. You can’t just run down to Home Depot and get whatever it is you need, even if you have the Rubles. Apparently there’s still destruction from World War II that hasn’t been dealt with in some parts of Russia.
It’s kind of an interesting article. With Uncle Sugar shut down right now, it got me thinking about what life would look like in some parts of the country if medicaid, disability checks, social security and agricultural subsidies stopped flowing. Would it start to resemble some of the places in this article?