Capitalist bureaucratic policies – a toll on regional communication logistics. Regional case-study

2020-11-21

The whole village of Morozkovo (Sverdlovsk region, 50 km from Serov deep in the Siberian country) and neighbouring settlers were left without a post office due to the dismissal of an employee who refused to work in unheated conditions during winter.

The Soviets could not complete Siberian expansion campaigns as mass urbanisation occurred rapidly around the Soviet Union after WW2, pulling young people around the USSR from the countryside into the closes cities to urbanise and modernise. This has led to a phenomenon where regional villages (especially in Siberia) are still running pre-WW2 soviet infrastructure.

Serov’s mayor’s office (Sverdlovsk region) stated that in the building of the post office in the village of Morozkovo is still heath-heated. The formerly Post of the USSR (as part of the Ministry of Communication infrastructure of the Soviet Union) which is now the Russian Post (Joint Stock Company) being in a country with the large forest area in the world – could not buy firewood to heating. The old village, with its last 100 people is left without one of the last pieces of evidence of modern civilization – the only stationery store in the village closed in 2019.

“There is nothing in the village now, so the post office has also closed. They sold food items there, canned food, sugar. In the spring, we bought seeds for seedlings. The bills for utilities were paid there, mobile phone credit could also be topped up. People received their pension at the cashier department. I’m not talking about newspapers, various magazines and postcards that you could buy there. Twice a week it was a general store. You can buy food items there, but if you didn’t have time at the right time, then you had to wait for the next delivery. The assortment there was minimal” – said Galina Kazantseva, a resident of the village.

The head of Morozkovo – Yuri Markelov, said that problems with firewood at the post office began due to bureaucratic difficulties. Previously, hearth fuel was purchased from local residents, but recently the post office began to require business documents from the purchase. The post office considered the delivery of firewood from Serov too expensive.

A small heater provided by the local authorities to the post office could not change the situation for the better. Therefore, the post office in Morozkovo is now working in online mode and its management is urgently trying resolves issues around heating and staffing. At the same time, it is curious that, according to representatives of Serov’s mayor’s office, the Post company did not ask them to find a more suitable premise for the department in Morozkovo.

Here we see another illustrative example of the attitude of capital towards its neighbouring people, on whose labour its superprofits are amassed. Russian Post JSC makes money not only selling envelopes and stamps like in the USSR and can afford to spend hundreds of millions on marketing. It’s a pity it could not find small funds for firewood or a heated room in a village branch and such issues begin to be resolved only on an emergency basis, when employees refuse to work in inhuman conditions, depriving the moneybags of income.

The working people can only hope to defend their rights through organised struggle, Big Business will never willy think of worker or make concessions of its own free will.