Russia & China complete their first cross-border mega highway bridge (VIDEO)
RT.com 29 Nov, 2019 09:49
The construction of a bridge over the Amur River to link Russia and neighboring China has been completed in the Far East. The historic road is first of its kind between the two states and is set to boost economic ties.
The bridge links the cities Heihe in northern China and Russia’s far eastern city of Blagoveshchensk located on the opposite banks of the Amur River, also known as Heilongjiang by the Chinese. The bridge is more than 1km long (0.6 miles) and is a part of key 19.9km (12.4 miles) two-lane highway project.
The ambitious $300-million construction project was started in December 2016 and the two parts of the massive cable-braced bridge were joined together at the end of May. The new milestone was reached on Friday, when local authorities announced the end of the construction works paving the way for the opening, scheduled for April 2020.
“The bridge has a strategic importance for us. It is a very serious perspective for our region,” the governor of the Amur Region, Vasily Orlov, said during a special ceremony marking completion of the project.
The harsh weather conditions of the frigid region have been hampering cross-border trade for years, but the ambitious project is set to solve this problem. After the route becomes operational, cargo volume could see an 8-fold increase to 4 million tons, according to Alexander Kozlov, the Russian Minister for the Development of the Far East.
The new bridge should also boost tourism, increasing the tourist flow from China to 2 million. However, initially tourists won’t be able to use the road as it will only be available to cargo trucks. It will take another year and a half to build a crossing point allowing passenger transport, including tourist buses, to cross the bridge.
However, tourists could be offered a more convenient and an even cheaper way to get to the other side, according to Kozlov, as Russia is also building a cableway across the Amur River.
Sharing rioting tips? Ukrainian neo-Nazi ‘tourists’ spotted amid Hong Kong protests.
RT.com 4 Dec, 2019 23:19
A group of Ukrainian far-right activists traveled to Hong Kong to check out violent anti-government protests. They claimed it was merely a tourist trip, and that they were not neo-Nazis. Facts tell otherwise.
The group of muscled and heavily-tattooed young men from Ukraine descended last week upon the streets of the autonomous Chinese territory, gripped by chaotic protests for months. The ‘tourists’ were eager to see the sights – barricades and burning things – as well as watch the show, as in the clashes between protesters and police.
Then they shared their experience online, posting photos with local protesters and footage of the carnage. Here’s a video from one of them – Serhii Filimonov, also known under nickname ‘Son of Perun’ – dubbed "Hong Kong gave us a family welcome."
At least some of the group had press cards, which allowed them to roam the streets freely. It remained unclear whether the documents were legitimate or not.
The self-styled tourists are members of a far-right activist group Gonor, known for holding actual master-classes on street protests and rioting. It calls itself a sport-social group comprised of football fans. Yet some of its members have taken part in the civil war in the east of Ukraine.
At least two of them – Filimonov and Igor Maliar – used to fight for the paramilitary Azov battalion, well-known for far-right views of its leadership and members. The tattoos of Ukrainian ‘tourists’ speak for themselves – the men are literally covered in far-right, neo-Nazi and white-supremacist symbols they like to show off on photos.
They called them symbols of Slavic paganism in a comment to Free Hong Kong Center (FHKC), which describes itself as an “independent Ukrainian informational project.”
According to the FHGC, it was just a trip of a “small group of young Ukrainian guys,” who are not involved with any far-right movements, but just happen to hold views that are “close to be right (sic) and very pro-Ukrainian, but it does not mean something bad.”
Even supporters of Hong Kong protests weren't convinced by the explanation, however, and warned their comrades against dealing with such connoisseurs of esoteric ancient symbols.
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Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
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