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“Dead People”, the saddest statement about living in Russia
10 years ago I left Novokuznetsk. For me this city, once a symbol of the industrial grandeur of the Soviet empire, had become a haven of crime, unemployment, drug addiction and brain drain.
Many of the people I had grown up with in that city now have despair and emptiness in their eyes, as if they were already dead. Others had in fact already died long before from drug abuse or alcoholism.
But even people who are still very much alive, who had not given in to this all-pervasive despair, I can no longer call friends.
Which is truly a shame, not just for the people whose lives have ended in drugs, but also for friendship, something we have now lost because of the social and political mess that is being made of our country.