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Village Says Tar Very Much For New Road To Local Hero

Village Says Tar Very Much For New Road To Local Hero

A fed up farmer was so tired of official excuses for the potholed road through his remote Siberian village that he spent 64,000 GBP building his own.

Long suffering Vasily Zagorodniy, 40, says villagers in Preobrazhenka - in Omsk Oblast, in Russia's south-western Siberia - could not even rely on ambulances or fire engines getting to them because the original road was so bad.

Vasily said: "It was one pothole after another until the road was all potholes. It was safer to drive on the fields than it was on the road."

He added: "Nobody in the government was interested though. We complained and complained but nothing ever happened. In the end they stopped even pretending something was going to be done."

Resident Dmitrii Starovoitov, 35, added: "There always was a problem when it rains. The school bus, the postmen, even deliveries for the local store gave up - we were the village that was slowly being forgotten."

So when Vasily suddenly found himself rich through inheritance from his grandmother, instead of moving out and abandoning his friends and neighbours, he decided to use the family legacy to build his own state-of the-art road through the village.

Farmer Vasily along with village volunteers prepared and laid 1.3 kilometres of asphalted road themselves together with hired machinery, without any help from government officials.

He said: "It was complicated because we had to take into account the drains going through the village and work out how to make sure the road itself drained properly."

Vasily added: "We wanted to do it all ourselves because that way we knew every bit of money was going on the road and not into some politician or construction firm's back pocket.

"The government should come down here and learn from us.

"We can make a whole road for a 4 million rubles (64,000 GBP) when they pour billions into road projects that never seem to go anywhere."

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