19 Feb '12, 9am

Money doesn't buy Putin love in Vladivostok: VLADIVOSTOK, Russia - It is the recipient of a US$20 billion (S$25....

Money doesn't buy Putin love in Vladivostok: VLADIVOSTOK, Russia - It is the recipient of a US$20 billion (S$25....

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia - It is the recipient of a US$20 billion (S$25.1 billion) facelift programme to build spectacular new bridges, modern highways and prepare the city for a prestigious global summit. But don't expect all residents of Russia's Trans-Siberian railway terminus city of Vladivostok on the Pacific to thank Russian strongman Vladimir Putin as he seeks to return to the presidency in March 4 elections. "We are tired of Putin after all these years," Vladivostok resident Andrei Yukhtanov, 42, said angrily as he left the train station on his commute to work as a barman in the centre. Russia has pumped billions of dollars into reviving the Far Eastern port city, which fell into neglect in the years after the USSR's fall with buildings crumbling to the point of collapse and highways riddled with pot holes. But many locals say they have seen nothing but empty promises f...

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