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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

More Puzzles Worth Pondering


I have read Jean MacKenzie's article pondering life in Moscow ("Other Voices", July 31). These are very true observations. But there are still more examples.

Could you imagine that to hire a taxi from the city to Sheremetyevo airport is equivalent to the price of a plane ticket from Moscow to St. Petersburg?

At the beginning of 1993 the authorities decided to issue new passports for citizens travelling abroad. But the so-called "new" passports are exactly the same as old ones: neither the color nor the symbol has been changed.

The price of these new passports is higher than a month's minimum salary. Could you imagine an American worker paying $2, 000 for a new travel document?

The Gagarin district passport office promised to issue me a new passport within a month, but it took me three months to get the desirable document.

Not so long ago Viktor Gerashchenko, Russia's Central Bank Chairman promised that pre-1993 rubles would circulate simultaneously with new banknotes as long as the old ones are possessed by people.

But then he changed his mind and ordered the withdrawal of pre-1993 bills from circulation, causing despair and panic in the country.

Such breaches of faith are very common among our authorities - indeed, their distinguishing feature.

Yevgeny Kunitsin