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Repairs Start in Syktyvkar After Pressure

The citizens of Syktyvkar can now walk a little more safely in the streets. After the SCOOP-supported investigation of the newssite 7X7 of the deplorable state of the sidewalks, the city council has now started the repair and were recently able to inspect to first streets.

Mayor of Syktyvtar Valery Koshkov inspects the new sidewalks after much needed repairs.

The 7X7 reporter Maksim Polyakov documented in the autumn of 2016 how 14,450 stones on the pavements of central streets were missing or damaged. The problems started only one year after new paving was laid, mainly in 2011 and 2012.

Since the investigation was published, Polyakov has asked the city authorities several times why nothing had been done to remedy the situation. But this summer, the work began, and yesterday, August 16, the mayor could take officials and press for a walk down the first repaired pavements, now covered with asphalt. According to the press release, 14,9 million rubles had been spent to repair the pavements, including traffic signals and special tiles to lead the blind.

A typical view in Syktyvkar – the pavements began deteriorating soon after they were finished.

Reporter Maksim Polyakov says:

“The last three mayors, I’m sure, did not think about the city. Two of them were convicted in court for fraud. For 10 years, nobody took care of the city. But now the situation has changed. Now if journalists write an investigation and ask questions, the mayor and his colleagues do something. Officials have just started repairing sidewalks and paving stones. But they told reporters that they have a repair plan and that they found the money. The only thing I can do is keep asking them about it.”

Read the article in 7X7 (in Russian)