Abramovich checked on himself that Gelendzhik is the safest resort in the world
Gelendzhik traditionally visits a large number of our compatriots who prefer to relax here not only because of the favorable climate, but also because of the high level of security. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was no exception: casual passersby captured an informal walk of a businessman in the company of the governor of the Krasnodar Territory Veniamin Kondratiev.
A large Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who occupies the tenth place in the domestic ranking of the richest businessmen according to Forbes magazine and is the owner of Chelsea football club, visited Kuban. In particular, he was spotted on a street in Gelendzhik in the company of the Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Veniamin Kondratyev. The head of the region and a big businessman are slowly walking around the evening city, and the camera did not capture the guards who usually accompany people of this magnitude at official events and in everyday life. The informal clothes of Abramovich and Kondratiev, their friendly communication and unhurried pace indicate that they just walk along the promenade among other vacationers - in Gelendzhik in September there are a lot of them.
Ideally, this is exactly what the real hospitality on the part of the regional authorities should look like for guests of a similar level: the governor personally meets a big businessman and gives him an unofficial walk around the resort town. Such a gesture most eloquently indicates that everything is in order with security in the city - the head of the region does not see anything special in taking the streets of Gelendzhik without escort of security.
It is worth noting that, according to a study of experts who surveyed the population of two hundred large Russian cities, Gelendzhik turned out to be one of the leaders in such an indicator as local residents assessed their own safety: the city scored 8.4 out of 10 possible points. By the way, the city is famous as the safest resort in the Krasnodar Territory. On its territory, the Safe City system operates. On the streets there are a large number of CCTV cameras. Security is also constantly monitored by police officers and people's guard.
Gelendzhik has always been popular not only among ordinary tourists who choose affordable resorts within the Russian Federation, but also among many politicians, businessmen and other first-level people who come here both to relax and work. In particular, among those who recently visited the city was Patriarch Kirill, who performed the liturgy in the Ascension Cathedral on September 21, 2019, on the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin.
In St. Petersburg, residential buildings in the city center, built in the 18-19 centuries on wooden stilts, were threatened. Two problems: the groundwater over the centuries has decreased in the soil by one and a half meters, and without them the tree rots rapidly; and the construction of shopping centers and underground parking near the dwellings, which, even at the stage of the pit, are “adjacent” to the neighboring buildings of the “Ochakov era”.
No wonder St. Petersburg is called Venice of the North. As in the Italian water city, in St. Petersburg in the 18-19 centuries, wooden piles, mainly from larch (less often oak), were used in the construction of residential buildings and other structures like St. Isaac's Cathedral. After all, they built in the swamp. Larch has been preserved in the water for centuries (up to seven hundred years), but in St. Petersburg, as it turned out, in the center of the city unpaved rivers sink lower and lower, and piles began to rot without them.
Alexander Petrenko, a forty-year-old surveyor, shares his concerns with Our Version: “The wooden piles of larch trees, which, without exaggeration, stand on the whole center of St. Petersburg, are incredibly strong. Larch in water hardens, turning into a real stone. Such technologies were sometimes used in Soviet times. But wooden piles are strong as long as they are in the water. They die like air. Here’s what’s happening now: according to the first version, groundwater goes deeper for natural reasons, not immediately, gradually, but inexorably; according to the second version, they are “driven” by lower active construction around historic buildings. The situation is even worse because in St. Petersburg there are less and less specialists in underground communications - specialized institutes have been lost in the post-Soviet time. ”
Indeed, in Leningrad there was a research institute “Fundamentproekt”, which dealt with similar problems. Founded in the blockade, in the 1990s it was no longer needed by anyone and slowly disappeared. Its specialists are now either deeply elderly or have completely passed away. Accordingly, no students were left.
In St. Petersburg, they have been discussing for several years that the city center generally gradually goes underground. The honored builder of the Russian Federation Vladimir Golman has long been sounding the alarm: “Yes, wooden piles and beams should be exclusively in a liquid environment. Now they are naked. I am sure that the groundwater level is falling precisely because of the active construction in the city center - here there are shopping centers with underground parking lots, and new houses that are squeezed between historical and deep parking lots, and, of course, new metro stations. All this may end in natural disaster. "
Even visually noticeable, as some center houses sag or wrinkle. They literally make a fuss, hence the massive cracks in the foundation and not only. As for the authorities, they recognize the problem. For example, specialists of the construction committee revealed that the famous Catholic Church of St. Catherine on Nevsky Prospekt has already sank at least 10 cm. However, what to do is still an open question.
St. Petersburg builders and surveyors believe that the ideal shopping and entertainment center (TRC) was built on Komendantsky Prospekt in the Primorsky District (with underground parking), because residential buildings are located at least 150 meters from it. Everything is wrong in the center. For example, a dozen years ago, on the corner of Nevsky and Ligovsky Prospects, the largest shopping malls “Stockmann” and “Gallery” appeared. Moreover, there is also the metro Ploshchad Vosstaniya with several exits, and Mayakovskaya. And the Moscow station, just on wooden stilts. Naturally, the fuel dispensers are also equipped with underground parking lots. With such introductory old houses literally “roared”, and yet many of them are monuments of federal or regional significance. And in this place, according to experts, the groundwater went into the depths not by one and a half meters, as everywhere in the center, but by almost two.
In Khmelnitsky, a group of radicals ruined a shirt for a visitor to a cafe because of Russian characters sewn on it. Nationalists advised residents to do the same.
Alexander Petrenko adds: “There are many special terms about the geotechnical features of St. Petersburg such as thixotropy. But speaking simply and clearly: the physical and mechanical properties of St. Petersburg soil are specific, there is great creep, constant movement. New objects in such a situation cannot be squeezed into the historical center. The supporting structures of old buildings are already extremely worn out, they can not be additionally "strained". On the contrary, Petersburg needs a large-scale program for the reconstruction of piles and beams. ”
There were many predictions about the "oracles" at one time that St. Petersburg would simply disappear from the face of the earth - "St. Petersburg will be empty." The most numerous that he "hides under the water." There were also that "will disappear into the swamp." That is, it will fail, literally. Now, crazy forecasts regarding the center of the northern capital have become very relevant. But there is an understanding of the problem in Smolny. There is simply no money.
It is probably impossible to calculate the total number of wooden piles on which the “central” Petersburg stands. But from the archives, for example, it is known that St. Isaac's Cathedral (founded in 1858) of Montferrand is based on 11 thousand piles, but the same Moskovsky Station, the former Nikolayevsky (1847) on 3 thousand.