Post Reply Missing a Road in Russia? This May Be Why
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Posted 1/13/16


Corruption in Russia sometimes amounts to highway robbery, literally.

A senior prison official has been accused of stealing the pavement from a 30-mile stretch of public highway in the Komi Republic, a thinly populated, heavily forested region in northern Russia, the Kommersant daily reported on its website Wednesday.

The report said that Alexander Protopopov, the acting deputy chief of the federal prison service, had supervised a scheme that involved dismantling the road and carting off more than 7,000 huge slabs of reinforced concrete over the course of more than a year, starting in 2014. The slabs were delivered to a company that sold them, the report said.

Mr. Protopopov, whose recent public tasks included inspecting the prisons in Crimea after the peninsula was annexed from Ukraine in March 2014, led the prison service in the Komi region from 2010 until he was promoted last year. He was arrested in Moscow, and faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted of using his official position to steal state property.

While he was in Komi, Mr. Protopopov won a medal for fomenting “spiritual unity,” the Kommersant report said, without specifying whether the unity was with the crews doing the illicit road work. Some others involved in the scheme also face criminal charges.

A judge could decide as early as Thursday whether to hold Mr. Protopopov in jail pending trial, the report said, noting that the defendant will turn 55 that day. No word yet on whether prosecutors were willing to pave the way for his release on bail.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/world/europe/russian-official-charged-with-stealing-roadway.html?_r=0

What the fuck, Russia? This is definitely a case of "my way WITH the highway"
Posted 1/13/16
What do they even do with it afterwards?
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stars201 wrote:

What do they even do with it afterwards?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMc3fvm7m7s
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Posted 1/13/16 , edited 1/13/16
Take that guy and shoot him. If you start executing everyone doing that shit it will stop REAL quick.


stars201 wrote:

What do they even do with it afterwards?


I was wondering that too. When we tear up roads we throw away a lot of the materials.
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Posted 1/14/16
Wait so you can steal concrete from roads and sell them?

I know a lot of abaondoned highways... might be a lucrative biz *puts on the Gangsta jacket*
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Another hit piece on Russia. *Yawn*
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Well, if there's anything I've learned from reading up on abandoned property exploration, people will steal ANYTHING for survival, or even for the lulz. Once read about a dude who attempted to steal copper wiring from a defunct, dead (former) retail mall, and he was electrocuted and killed.
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animegirl2222 wrote:

Well, if there's anything I've learned from reading up on abandoned property exploration, people will steal ANYTHING for survival, or even for the lulz. Once read about a dude who attempted to steal copper wiring from a defunct, dead (former) retail mall, and he was electrocuted and killed.


People get electrocuted stealing copper several times a year in West Virginia.
Not all the buildings are abandoned.

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Posted 1/14/16
And the news keeps getting weirder and weirder. . .
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He taken his position for granite, and now look at him. He better gravel before a judge. They should beat the tar out of him. I'm not one to advertise a harsh punishment, but they have more than enough concrete evidence to charge him.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

He taken his position for granite, and now look at him. He better gravel before a judge. They should beat the tar out of him. I'm not one to advertise a harsh punishment, but they have more than enough concrete evidence to charge him.



Yeah, he has a long road ahead of him.
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