MOSCOW, 15 Feb – RIA Novosti, Maria Semenova. Natalino is a typical village in Central Russia. The population is mostly pensioners, only a few people have their own cars, and the bus arrives twice a week. The rest of the time, the locals walk or ride bicycles five kilometers to the neighboring village, where there is public transport. Last summer, almost all the wells in Natalino dried up: people turned to their neighbors who have wells in their sections. Recently, a column appeared in the village, but in winter it froze.
On Tsyganov street
Whatever events happened, they always happen on Tsyganov Street – there is simply no other. Previously, the address was even shorter – the village of Natalino. There weren't even house numbers. In the post-war period, the only street was named in honor of fellow countryman Dmitry Arsentievich Tsyganov, full holder of the Order of Glory. His sister still lives in Natalino; there is a memorial plaque on her house.
About thirty households, the whole village has two children. No kindergarten, no school, no shop. Twice a week there is a shop, but people complain that sometimes it brings a delay. There is nowhere to work in Natalino. The nearest large enterprise is the Dobrinsky Sugar Factory in Plavica, fifteen kilometers away. “But there, the locals were also reduced, acquaintances go to Lipetsk,” says a local resident Tatiana Sarukhanyan.
“Women are worse – there is nowhere to find a job. Some are not of retirement age, but sit idle. Desolation: houses are falling apart, the village is overgrown with weeds. But I'm not used to complaining. Where is better now? People always left, I also lived in Lipetsk, then returned. We used to have a school, a first-aid post, a shop. But there was no road. They laid the asphalt, started the bus – in 1992, I remember well, because I have a daughter of the same year of birth. It was too late to create conditions for us: most of them left. ” – Natalia Pozdnyakova sighs.
Sarukhanyan worked as a nurse in a FAP – it was closed 15 years ago. But the store was still the year before last. But entrepreneurs from Khvorostyanka, which is ten kilometers away, became unprofitable.
They survive in Natalino thanks to their own farm. “If I knew where to sell milk, meat, I would keep more cattle. And so a buyer comes to us, takes everything for half the price. I can't go on watch: I have a child, my mother is 82 years old,” Tatiana shares the details.
A separate problem is medical assistance. The nearest hospital is in Plavice, where the bus runs only twice a week. However, the head of the Dobrinsky district, Roman Chentsov, assured RIA Novosti that Natalino was served by a mobile brigade. “Due to the epidemic, trips were suspended: those who work in the” red zone “cannot go anywhere, and the load on those who receive them at the clinic has increased many times over,” he explained.
“We went to the neighbors to get water”
There has never been a water supply system in Natalino, as well as a public source of water – some have drilled wells at their site, most have limited themselves to cheaper wells.
“Once we were given speakers, but in winter everything burst, froze, and for some reason they didn't do anything about it,” says Natalya. Last summer, the wells on the plots dried up, and, according to old residents, there are six wells in the entire village.
“We did not water the gardens, nothing was ugly. Only four buckets could be taken from the well, and that last one was muddy. A few houses away from me, the woman has a well, she asked to pour it, at least to drink and cook something,” recalls Klavdia Tsyganova …
Someone from the local decided that it was impossible to do without a well, including Tsyganov. “I took out a loan, because it’s impossible without water – I have cattle. I’m retired, my husband doesn’t work after a stroke, we’ll pay eleven thousand together,” she clarifies.
In the fall, Natalians recorded a video message. They complained that the village was dehydrated, and that there was unmown reeds on the dry ponds, which could easily catch fire. The rickety electric columns are also disturbing. After the local media reported on the problems of the small village, the situation began to change.
At the expense of the district, they drilled five wells in separate areas and one public one in the center of the village. But in the cold it freezes. “On the contrary, a young family, like the water froze, go to a neighbor,” says Tatiana.
The head of the district told RIA Novosti that this is an everyday issue that can be solved. “We have a lot of work, and not only in Natalino – the problem with water is urgent for the region. Old communications, cast-iron pipes. We want to sort it out in a comprehensive manner, and not run to patch holes,” he said.
There are two roads leading from Natalino: one, year-round, through Durovo to Plavitsa, the other to the village of Khvorostyanka, where there is a shop and pharmacies. It is also convenient to get to Lipetsk from there – no need to make a detour of twenty-five kilometers. Here are just the first four kilometers to Khvorostyanka – an ordinary uncoated primer, which turns into impassable mud in the off-season.
The unsuitable part of the canvas is promised to be repaired. “The equipment has already entered to clear the trough. But it is stupid to do sprinkling in winter, in unstable soil. In spring, as soon as the snow melts and the earth dries up, the work will be completed. There will be a normal wide road with gravel,” Chentsov shared his plans.
Motorists will benefit from this. But for those who use public transport, nothing will change. Buses, as before, will run to Plavica only on Mondays and Thursdays.
“I am not satisfied with just transport links,” Natalya Pozdnyakova admits. “My son lives in Plavitsa, he has a car, and it’s not clear how to get here and get out of here. But he also does not always have time – work, family. hospital, prescribe physiotherapy, injections that need to be done all the time … But how? Until last year, the bus ran every day. We had time to go to the doctor, to shop. One woman was found to have a tumor, seemingly benign, – you still need to be observed. And here she is. he rides his bike to Durovo, and from there by bus. It’s bad without transport. Would it be such a big expense if he could drive five kilometers from a neighboring village to us? “
“The child will not feel well – he has to go to Plavitsa. But there is no bus or car,” Sarukhanyan supports.
Tatiana's daughter is eight years old. On Saturdays, until the frost hit, her mother took her on a bicycle to Plavica to a dance club. Now there is nothing to get there. At the same time, Sarukhanyan is one of the few families in the village with a personal car, but Tatyana's husband drives to work on it. “He can't always ask for time off.”
Taxis, locals add, are too expensive – 700 rubles. “I won't pay,” sighs pensioner Klavdia Tsygankova.
Problems with transport did not affect only two third-graders – a school bus arrives for them. “We had a beginning, it was closed in 2006 or 2007. My last son is late, at 39, I gave birth. I graduated from the first grade at our school, and it was closed. And a year later, Durovskaya,” recalls Natalya Pozdnyakova.
Students are taken to Plavitsa. “The children are picked up early, returned at four o'clock in the afternoon. The child is tired. Well, the husband is going to work, he can take them, and the neighbor's boy is already waiting at the bus stop at twenty minutes past seven. Every year it is more difficult with the child in the village,” Tatyana.
Nevertheless, unlike many Russian villages, roads are being repaired here and other current problems are being solved. Natalino fights not to disappear from the map forever.