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The undeground metro rails are financed by local governments

To what extent? What poemless told for Chicago is pretty standard around the world: due to the lopsided share of taxes, capital-intensive local projects are usually co-financed by various levels (in the EU, that can be four successive levels: local-regional-country government and EU funds), wih the local part as the samallest and the national as the largest.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jul 8th, 2008 at 04:49:09 PM EST
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It's the same, with local governments driving the planning. The problem with federal money is that Finance Ministry fights infrastructure spending and does not execute the budget for the items it considers "pork" introducing random cuts to fight "inflation".

I can not find authoritative source, just an article with Luzhkov's complaints were he says that metro extensions are self financing, with some city help: in 2008-2010 city will spend 5 bln $; last few years effective federal part in overall financing was 10%. Luzhkov was asking for 50% federal financing but seems to have lost this battle inside his own party.

by blackhawk on Tue Jul 8th, 2008 at 05:23:14 PM EST
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It's still one of the best systems in the world, I think.

rhetorical question: When is Luzhkov not complaining?!

Complainy Luzhkov:

OMG.  Roman's everywhere!  I google Luzhkov (to find out what his latest complaint is, something about Ukraine and Georgia and gays) and get this:

Abramovich Suggested as Next Moscow Mayor

And Lebedev is a ... blogger?!   They're keeping it real over there....

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Jul 8th, 2008 at 05:33:09 PM EST
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Lebedev ran for a mayor against Luzhkov at some point and lost and yes, he does have a blog.

BTW, amazing how Luzhkov manages to keep his post. Everyone knows guy is corrupt, but he keeps getting elected for getting things done and for the increased salaries to state employees (including teachers and doctors).

by blackhawk on Tue Jul 8th, 2008 at 05:48:26 PM EST
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