yeah, It is rather hilarious. I mean, there are so many examples and videos and pictures of cities, towns and even villages being upgraded.
If I was asked this question, my answer would have been:
- Well, its hard to upgrade all villages in just 20 years and only at best 10 years having any kind of money. Especially since a huge portion of villages are dying and people are moving off to towns and cities, one has to ask what would be the purpose to modernize villages? The method where companies are buying up the land, building mass farms and small villages of their own for employees, have worked out better - takes advantage of the land, creates work, and a modern living standard. The others? Well, all depends. One has to actually give examples like names and location of areas rather than "I have seen....:"
- Out of 20 years, we have created a lot. Not only are we re-industrializing, but we are also fixing the errors of the 90's - fixing the medical, education and overall institutions.
- Have you traveled to Omsk? Tomsk? Norilsk? How about Vladivostok or surrounding areas? Plenty of development and modernization of living standards.
- Average Russian now makes much more than they ever have. Plus, due to cost of living, our citizens have much higher amount of savings and along with a solid consumption rate that makes us less dependent on export and more on domestic needs. While poverty exists, much is being done to fix it. And there will never be able to fully fix it unless we get rid of capitalism and go back to communism where the unproductive and unwilling get to live lavish. But that bankrupt us before.
There are plenty others, but as KVS said, he would ignore them. Putin is right in saying to the reporter that the question was a lazy attempt of a political jab at them. Obviously it didn't work but hey, that is what these morons (so called journalists) do.
To really jab back, I would say "We managed to build a bridge - largest in europe, for less money and less time than an airport in Germany".