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Duct Tape Shortage In Russia?

Since the Brezhnev era, Russia has been skimping on maintenance. Factories, highways, bridges, rail networks, schools, hospitals: Russians have been trying to keep them running rather than investing money they don’t have to maintain, upgrade and replace them.

Corruption, low salaries and the general malaise of post-Soviet Russia make things worse.  Russia has been running on duct tape for twenty years, and now the duct tape is starting to fray.

Nine people drowned early on Sunday when a river boat collided with a barge, three weeks after a similar disaster left 122 dead. Expect more and worse.

Ceci n’est pas un bric.

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  • Rick Caird

    I wonder if we are not heading in the same direction. We seem to be spending $3.6 trillion this year and getting very little for it.

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