Russian town gets fake makeover for Putin visit

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  1. Gabriel92

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    An example of one of the houses in the town covered in decorated tarpaulin.


    To prepare for a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, authorities in the small Russian town of Suzdal covered up all the town’s numerous dilapidated houses with large tarpaulin prints depicting with much nicer homes. Residents were also asked to be on their best behaviour. All for naught, as the president ended up cancelling his visit, which was supposed to take place in early November.

    Crumbling walls, sagging doors, broken windows… The authorities in Suzdal did not want Putin to see the poor condition of some of the homes along its main road, which his car was supposed to drive down. With no time for renovations, they decided to get artistic, as the blogger O Dimitrios revealed. They covered the homes in tarpaulin that made it look like they were in perfect shape and freshly painted. Some of the tarpaulin covers even featured details like potted plants and cats.

    This technique is reminiscent of the Potemkin villages, which, as legend has it, were Crimean villages camouflaged by the Russian prince Grigory Potemkin before a visit by Empress Catherine II in 1787. Today, the phrase ‘Potemkin village’ has come to mean something that is exaggerated to look better than it really is.

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    This is not the first time in recent history that a visit by a high ranking Russian official caused local authorities to panic. In 2011, when Vladimir Putin, then prime minister, visited a hospital in Ivanovo, extra equipment was brought in from several other hospitals in the region, and employees were asked to exaggerate their salaries.

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    Russia is not a Trusted nation anymore for India it's for sure and nobody can chage it but the matter of fact India not even have any True friend even Russia too i can prov it , Every Indian need to stand for his mother land for sure - Hail mother INDIA :india:
     
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    Sometimes I think India does not know its own strength.
     
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    Very imaginative. Preparing a place for a VIP visit is a long-standing tradition in India as well.
    This one goes much further.
    These images also prove that Russia has abandoned socialism completely. The income distribution has become very uneven.
     
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    You are starting to loose faith;) @pmaitra, be careful, you might loose it too ;):peace::peace:, maybe Russia isnt the ideal society surrounded by evil west...
     
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    @jouni, India has far more social problems compared to Russia. But believe me India is no pushover.

    Russia is NOT an easy target militarily. Russia is an unique cultural entity on its own and can survive for very long despite external aggression.

    The "evil west" is your characterization of yourself. I never used those words.

    I said that Russia is a military power with its area of influence. Ukraine very much falls into Russian sphere. You mess with that, you are going to play with fire.
     
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    I call this tarpaulin news very imaginative and unique. It shows the amount of effort Russians are capable of when under pressure.
     

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