(BBC) The weed-filled belt of abandoned industrial plants in south-east Moscow looks like a war zone. In fact, this is indeed where Moscow film-makers come when they need to film a fire fight – it is the perfect backdrop: huge derelict factories with collapsing walls, gaping holes instead of windows and rusty corrugated fencing to keep the drunks out. In among the ruins there are a few small warehouses and offices. From one of them, workmen in overalls are clearing out stock and loading crates into a van. […]
"Basically everything except military spending is cut by 10%, every budget item… in government agencies, in universities, everything," says Konstantin Sonin, professor of economics at the prestigious Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
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