Residents of St. Petersburg are starting to wonder why they pay taxes at all when a city politician recommended they clear the streets themselves of snow.
After being criticized for insufficient snow removal, Deputy Governor Igor Albin went on an awesome rant, arguing that citizen dependence on the government is “the disease of modern Russian society.” Here is what he had to say:
“People expect help to “do their dishes, maintain the yard, raise their children, protect them from foreign aggressors, and put things in order in their country and their home. Instead of watching television, people should grab a shovel and get digging, adding that physical activity is “good for one’s health and helps to order one’s thoughts.”
I hope this guy isn’t expecting another term in city government! I love the fact that “protect them from foreign aggressors” is one of the attitudes indicating government dependence.
At least one citizen hit back on social media, writing “If there is a fire, then do not call the fire brigade. You need to call your neighbours, grab a bucket and douse the flames yourself.”