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Did spending cuts pour fuel on Russia’s fires?

By Tomas Hirst  

The fires have shown the dire need for modernisation of Russia's infrastructure

As forest fires continue to burn their way across Russia, criticism from the blogosphere has begun to embarrass the authorities. And so it should.

In a scathing attack posted on LiveJournal, a blogger writing under the name top_lap vented his frustration at the authorities’ chaotic efforts to contain the fires. He said the ponds his village had previously used as reservoirs for fighting…

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