Maybe the government is not to blame for the recent floods in Krasnodar, but they certainly don’t deserve praise either. Putin seems to have done everything expected of him: he immediately visited the disaster region and promptly promised state funding for the recovery. But he could do more - the Krymsk tragedy leaves a more bitter taste because the town suffered a similar flash flood in 2002, causing about 100 deaths. It now appears that the regional authorities did nothing since that time to prevent future disasters, either by upgrading dilapidated irrigation systems or by establishing efficient communication channels. Additionally, the tragedy highlighted the lack of trust between residents and the authorities.
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