Transport: my opinion about the Trans-Siberian.

When I see how popular with foreign tourists the Trans-Siberian Railway is, I clearly understand how little they know about Russia and travel by train. To be honest, I've never travelled by the Trans-Siberian but I'll never  ever do it because that's how I see it.

Russia beyond the Urals. 

The main historical events of Russia took place in the European part of the country, hence, not further than the Urals. The Urals and Siberia were mostly the industrial regions where natural resources were exploited, some factories were situated but all the culture and most historical sights have always been in the European area (Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, towns of the Golden Ring of Russia).

What do travelers expect to see beyond the Urals?


The band Lyapis Trubetskoy was prohibited performance …

Here we go again, nothing can teach us, we just seem to reject fiercely what we've gone through during  the oppression of the Soviet period, all the pain, poverty, madness, hypocrisy. Do we want more of it?

It's painful but the problem of the Russian Federation is not putin, but the Russians, serving their patron with  obsequiousness. Nowadays putin is gaining more and more support with ordinary people. And although I don't watch Russian television nowadays, since it's all lies, there's one piece of truth in the news nowadays - putin is gaining support. Regardless the fact that lots of Russians still don't have running water in their houses and go to the toilet outside the house, many can't find a job that can support their family, they feel pride for putin who doesn't give away Crimnea.

Censorship in the USSR  crystallized into ugliest, most perverted and absurd forms then. That is exactly what we're heading for nowadays. The popular band Lyapis Trubetskoy was prohibited a performance in Pskov (Russia) due to the complaint of the local Communist Party members. They suppose the videos and songs of the new album "Matreshka" produce Russia's image in an unflattering and miserable way.

Of course, we all have to watch this "mean" and "evil" video which so embarrassed the delicate taste of the Communist Party members.




the M-10 Russian "highway"

Believe it or not, one of the busiest highways of Russia connecting Moscow and Saint-Petersburg has 3 lanes and driving from Saint-Petersburg to Moscow takes from 7 to 12 hours depending on traffic jams.

The 50/50  state / private -owned company has been building the other highway M-11 going round the major towns in order to avoid traffic jams … since 2006… The notorious daily traffic jam at Vyshny Volochek may take from 1 to 5 hours and entrenches upon hundreds of people's time. More schemes and photos here. 

Here is a video of the M10 in the region of the Valday Hills: the road itself, the view, the traffic, you might be interested