"We were told not to hang out in the streets with bottles of alcohol in hand"
In October, our class was told that the president was coming for a visit. We were told that we could go out into the streets, but that we shouldn’t yell or hang out with bottles of alcohol in hand.The city’s administration knew which streets the president would take. In all, it was supposed to be a 15-kilometre drive. They decorated the most rundown houses along this route, and covered up holes in the road instead of really fixing them. Everything that wasn’t along this route was left in its regular, decrepit state."People would have liked Putin to see the reality of life here and do something about it"Suzdal is a very old, beautiful city. The reason that some houses are in such poor state is that people are poor and they don’t have the money to repair everything. Some houses are just abandoned. The decorated tarpaulin covers were poorly hung and flapped in the wind. I saw one still up earlier this week, but all the others seemed to have been taken down.People in town made lots of jokes about these tarpaulin covers. To me, it just goes to show how dumb the authorities are. If they want the city to look better, they might as well do some real work instead of putting up these sorry decorations! It’s sad, because of course people would have liked Putin to see the reality of life here and do something about it, especially those who voted for his party.