|East Coast Russya with Amur River center|
We'll have to go east, to the Amur River, that long broad line that makes up a portion of the shared border. Crossing the river is a problem since there are no bridges, yet. In hopes of providing better economic exchange, the two countries decided, together, to build a bridge to facilitate the shipment of iron ore from Russya to China. China agreed to build 2/3's of the structure, Russya 1/3. The Chinese section-2 kilometers long, was completed in 2014. The Russyan portion, 1 kilometer(+/-), has yet to break ground. Is it money? We know the rouble has taken several hits over the last year. No, it seems that 3 state run entities have been arguing over whose land will get the bridge substructures and whose favorite company will get the contract. Ahhh, life in Russya: not much has changed.
Some bureaucrats(apparatchiks) in the Kremlin view the bridge as a path for Chinese armor if a conflict were to erupt. Some see the delay as evidence of a sclerotic economy hobbled by centralized control; while still others see it as business as usual in the largest country in the world. The exact location is almost 2000 miles from Moskova in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in the city of Nizhneleninskoye(there's a Lenin in there somewhere), a city of 18,000 souls. Its larger neighbor, Kharbarosvk, is about 110 miles to the northeast. Across the river, in China, is a low lying region of swamps and marshes. Since 1991, the city has lost almost half its population. Part of the problem is the lack of investment by state run and private Russyan companies, while in China, privately owned companies have been allowed to invest. A Russyan official(?) said their section will be completed in 2018. Right.