Well Russia apart from Piter and Moscow looks like total shit. I grew up in Soviet Union and was dragged along with my parents when they were travelling from Warsaw to Tbilisi.
Rest of Russia is in decay. It's painful to see Kaliningrad. I was travelling there few summers ago. I consider my country to be "derevnya" but what i've seen there was revolting. Russians just moved there after ww2 and shat all over the place. People there are lazy too, can't cut the grass from their gardens or paint fences. But what do they care?
Water tower. People live there. Wasn't restored from WW2? Rest of the landscape are typical crumbling grey blocks with different brick ornaments. Soviet union was building such blocks to last for 30 years and to be replaced with newer ones. But there is no SU anymore.
There are buttloads of monuments for Victory. Ironic when compared to how loosers live.
Not trolling, just fucking hate inequality and Sochi and Crimea. There are plenty of people who need money more than bunch of peninsular aboriginals who are now on gravy train and who never paid taxes for Russia. And now they will get pensions and shit.
Yeah, because you actually saw the country.......
Go here, check out photo evidence (not anecdotal like yours) and there you go, have fun! Lots of different photos of different towns/cities in Russia. Many new type of buildings and looking real beautiful.
Ofcourse I didnt see all country fee native Russians actually did. Its massive. But what I'm trying to say that Russia apart from St. Petersburg and Moscow didnt progress. Soviet heritage like cultural centers, children playgrounds, parks, shools are all decaying. When bit more than 20 years ago even in middle of nowhere towns were developed. Few people still remember bus stations without alcoholics, drugies or rubbish. Streets were clean, everything was tidy and communities were governing themselves. People gathered to clean suroading areas, plant flowers, paint walls using their time and money etc. There was some kind spirit who drove people to do things and now its gone. Salt and bread, everywhere we went people greeted us like family. I am not USSR nostalgic, but shit was done back then and most people who remeber will agree. Russia and now younger Russians are totally different people.
Regular, that's rubbish. Progress is evident in many cities. Although certainly - taking a place like Murmansk for example; it still looks like a dump.
But I think you'll find that all over the country, those same schools, kindergardens, childrens playgrounds, parks, streets, walls, etc... are being renovated, or built anew. sdelanounas and skyscrapercity are both good places to find out about all this.
This is the result of money given to local city district and rural administrations for among other things, the beautification of public places, cultural development.. as well as the federal budget for education, healthcare and so on.
Flash back 10 years ago and all of this money was been stolen sometime between when it was written down on paper as being allocated, to when it actually got into the hands of the builders, street-sweepers, painters, mechanics, etc... that were to be doing those jobs. The result being that a lot of things that should have been done weren't, or were done badly; and thus things carried on decaying.
It is still like that in some areas, which explains the disparity one sees between certain Russian cities and towns that have been making progress, and those that haven't... the city districts that have been completely renovated like my own one - and some others where it is evident that less effort has been made.
But by and large, things have been shaken up, a lot of people have been fined or taken to jail, made examples of over corruption and other violations - Russian authorities have been busy demonstrating that they're serious about enforcing laws since about 2008-2009 or so. It's working as far as I can see - for sure we're still a long way off Europe - in terms of how much honesty and responsibility, public officials & bureaucrats permit themselves in relation to their duties. But if nothing else - they got some fear inside of them now, to motivate them to do the right thing.