Post by M.I.Wakefield Post by Oleg Smirnov
Meanwhile, there's a growing number of accounts on YouTube and elsewhere
where Russian expats seek "to tell the truth" about their [disillusioned]
life in the North America.
Yes, I imagine that Maria Butina is not happy with her current
accommodations ... but as soon as she's finished telling prosecutors
everything she knows, she'll be free to fly home, to the land where hot
Rather, for many of the Americans and Canadians who are living within
facilities that resemble something in between of a pasteboard barn and
a kennel (with 'nice' exterior facing), the usual Russian centralized
hot water and heating would look luxurious, - with such systems you do
not have any personal bother, - just enjoy, for an affordable price.
Most of the multi-apartment living buildings in Russia have centralized
hot water and heating systems. Heating system is functional during cold
time, while the hot water is available throughout the whole year except
a week or two in summer when it's turned off for preventive maintenance.
In some districts and settlements, there may be specific problems and
occasional interruptions in supply, the part of such problematic areas
is about 4% of the total number of houses. About 18% of the whole number
of residential buildings in Russia have no centralized hot water system
but they rather have "standard" gas powered heaters. These are the old
houses built during the great Soviet construction boom since the 1950s.
Such heaters may even be more suitable in some respects, but they are
less preferable from the safety perspective. And about 5% of the multi-
apartment buildings (the most old ones, I suppose) don't have a standard
solution for hot water, so the tenants use some other tools to make it.
These may be electric or gas powered heaters, there's a lot of solutions
in the market nowadays. The data I've cited are from the Russia's service
of routine monitoring and supervision of housing <http://bit.ly/2GhFQis>
These centralized systems are good as long as they are maintained in a
proper condition, and here, the Ukraine, which has the utilities system
essentially similar to the Russia's one, is a notable example. After
the anti-democratic 2014 coup, their systems came to dilapidation.
Now many Ukranians suffer from a lack of hot water and heating and even
organize [helpless] protest rallies demanding from their authorities to
provide them with this stuff.
The minority of the Russians who are living in individual houses provide
their utility needs in an individual way, and there's a great variety of
options and practices in this field.
Post by M.I.Wakefield
That's an 'alarmist' BS that cites a non-credible source, - some shoddy
NGO that proudly calls itself 'Russian Union of Engineers'. These are
clownish clumsy folks that in the recent years managed to make quite many
ridiculous claims, after which no one take them seriously. Their agenda
is epatage and attention seeking. Even the greatest Russian oppositionary
Mr. Navalny, whom you must trust, bashed (on another occasion) this RUE
as a bunch of crude idiots <https://navalny.com/p/3946/>.
In turn, the RT staff are leftie prostitutes, they serve the Kremlin for
money, - but since they remain to be lefties in their heart, they love to
pick up various 'alarmist' garbage like this one.