From the Belarusian border to the Russian city of Novozybkov, only about 30 km, from Gomel — about 70. Novozybkov was injured after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and is now just one kilometer from the zone of alienation, but the Belarusians I go here for cheap goods and some medicines. And if the shopping will surprise few people, it is absolutely remarkable that in this small Russian city center drive and skilled Belarusian doctors. To earn some money.
The train Novozybkov goes almost blank
In December the Belarusian railway ran a train from Gomel, Novozybkov. Three car trains run daily twice in Russian Novozybkov and double — back to Gomel. A weekday ticket costs 11 rubles 75 kopecks, at the weekend — a little more expensive.
On Friday at around 9 a.m. we are standing on the platform, waiting for a meeting with a new international train and the passengers, but it turns out that there are only six passengers, including a photographer and a young boy who goes to dobrusha!
— All probably used to ride the bus for so many years, shrugs the conductor, responding to a question, where people.
People not only “used to” — so simple cheaper. The most expensive bus ticket we found from Gomel to Novozybkov, worth 7.92 ruble, and the cheapest — 6.09 ruble. From Gomel to the Novozybkov just over 70 kilometers. The train goes somewhere half an hour, the bus is the same.
One of the passengers in Novozybkov, a man-a pensioner, rides in the car with superkomfort — one. By the way, the train is neat and clean, conductors are very polite, the seats are covered in a Cape.
Novozybkov, 24 Jan 2020.
Grandpa initially refuses to communicate with journalists, telling horror stories about how during the Soviet Union it was possible to calculate the person at any point of the vast country, even by anonymous letter. Besides, we open it from a snack with coffee and yogurt. But after a few moments, the passenger gives up and starts to chat.
It turns out that he comes from a village near Gomel, there in his parents ‘ house he now lives. But in his youth lived near Murmansk, worked as a teacher of Russian language and literature, and when the Soviet Union collapsed, believing that it would be more profitable, took Russian citizenship.
Now he occasionally goes from Gomel, Novozybkov in the Russian pension. Grandpa is outraged about the price of ticket for this train, but said that if I can get to Novozybkov, then cheaper than directly from Belarus, is on the Russian train to Moscow, than many people enjoy. On the train instead of the bus he was going today due to bad weather.
— Pensions in Russia than ours?
— I’m in the North worked, something oncovirinae the pension is 40% more than the pensioners in Central Russia. When I retired, I was 58 years, and the experience was 46 years due to the fact that the experience includes four years of study at the Institute, army, and Northern work year was considered a half.
In the other car sit retired with his granddaughter, they from the Russian village of Klimovo, it is approximately 25 miles from Novozybkov. Went to Gomel to relatives: the woman herself, though living in Russia, but originally from of Vetka district of Gomel region. She believes that to ride this train much more convenient than the bus because the bus had many stops.
— We to you in Gomel before I went for food and milk, and cheese, and even bread, but it is now on the market began to bring, — she tells how people from the border towns and villages established between commodity-money relations.
For Novozybkov often drive old cars
In the Russian Zlynka (this is the penultimate stop before Novozybkov) the train comes to a Russian border guard. He quickly checks the passport, just comparing the photo with the face of the passenger, and wishes us a good journey.
Belarusian goods were cheaper than at home
We talk a lot about the victims of the Chernobyl territories of Belarus and Ukraine, but very rarely — about contaminated cities in Russia. So, Novozybkov in Bryansk is one of them. It is one kilometre from the zone of alienation. Local explain that before of them are city people too were moved to other Russian cities, but many returned home, now about radiation I think a little live, as it turns out.
In Novozybkov many wooden single-storey houses
In Novozybkov about 40 thousand inhabitants. The local train station to mean a very decent — reminds of a station in a small Belarusian towns. Near bus station — and here all stereotypes of what it looks like, Russia is: pit road, crooked Windows in the stalls that still sell pies and pasties, hard drunk men who loudly decide fateful questions in the street.
On the way to the Central market even more convinced that there is no “refined”, as in the Belarusian countryside, streets, and smooth asphalt, but you can find coffee “with a” lot of cafes with sandwiches and pizza — that is, it is noticeable that the business is growing.
Feature Novozybkov — many pharmacies. Come inside and understand what it means to a wide range of drugs. Pharmacists do not hide the fact that Belarusians medications they are purchased often. First, there is the imported drugs, which we sometimes may not be, and secondly, some drugs cheaper, and some of the products that are in Belarus to be sold only by prescription in Russia can sell without it.
Belarusians in pharmacies the Russians calculated by the accent.
— Belarusians have to buy not only medicines, but also pharmacy cosmetics, dietary Supplements, vitamins, — tells Anzhelika, the pharmacist of the pharmacy “April”. — The largest amount for which we have just purchased a Belarusian — about 6 thousand rubles (about 205 rubles. — Approx. TUT.BY). Came the man, my mother said prescribed medication after stroke — we thought, and it’s you [in Belarus] two to three times more expensive turned.
Development in Novozybkov mostly low-rise: the highest building in the city centre — a five-storey building. That people here are trying to organize a business where I can say luminous signs straight to single private homes: this home manicure and pedicure, you can buy fireworks.
On the approach to the market there is a shop with a big sign “Belarusian products.” It is ruled by a woman who says she is from Belarus but lives in Novozybkov. On the shelves of our home cured meats and sausages, butter, sour cream, crumbly cheese choice. The woman beckoning us to buy something and says that it is cheaper than if these products we bought the house.
— Your money — six rubles for a kilo of sausage premium! Where in Belarus you find these prices?! — asks she.
The Central market has a whole company of traders from Belarus, under the “Belarusian” sign at several points offer meat products, cheese, condensed milk. None of the trading of women to speak to reporters in the open does not want, saying, fear that because of us they are “on the border will put the custom”, and the machines on which products they carry, “start to finish”.
— You heard all this talk about oil and gas? — not appeased female. — Something will happen — and close the border.
Selected Belarusian products on the market in Novozybkov
After much persuasion one of the sellers agrees to talk and begins with the fact that such a life as hers, your children would not want to.
Here to sell products she rides almost every day by car from Gomel, it takes about an hour. The market is open from 7 a.m. until three in the afternoon.
— If in Gomel had a job and earnings, you would not go — says the vendor. But that Gomel? Earlier, people from as far as Zhitkovichy district, came here, bought cheaply in the shops of Fix Price and went to itself to sell everything.
Why Belarusian doctors moonlighting in Russia
In Novozybkov are valued not only for Belarusian products, but also our doctors. In the city there are two private medical centers and Belarusians work in both. Also our specialists can be found in local private dentist.
To work here, they go from Gomel, Mogilyov and Minsk even. Their main place of work in Belarus, hospitals in Novozybkov as part-time work.
— Your staff is very praise! Novozybkov is a small town, but we have around a lot of regions and villages, all going to the doctors here. And in a public hospital we have, for example, several doctors of one specialty, make hard turns, so it is better to pay and go to a private center where a team of Belarusian doctors, — tells Anzhelika, the pharmacist of the pharmacy “April”.
According to her, local, if you need an operation or any help high-level, not even thinking, go to the doctors in Gomel.
One of the private medical centers — “Capital diagnosis” — is right on the Central square of Novozybkov. The clinic is located on the first floor of a residential building. Here you can take the tests, to consult a specialist, undergo ultrasound, ECG and Holter monitoring.
In the lobby of the centre all very modern and tidy waiting area, disposable overshoes, the Registrar politely communicate with patients. On the walls hang diplomas and certificates — including Belarusian doctors, who take.
In between appointments, we managed to communicate with one of the Belarusian doctors on condition of anonymity — that was the requirement. Primary job of physician — private medical center of Gomel, in combination — in “Capital diagnosis” of Novozybkov. The doctor gets to the Novozybkov on the machine — one way trip takes an hour at the checkpoint on the border Russian border guards have to show a passport.
— Gomel is a large city, there is also a private clinic. Why do our doctors go to work in Novozybkov? Well if in Moscow, we can understand that there is other money.
— You have no idea how Russia is developing a medicine. When you’re a patient, do not see, but when you work as a doctor, I am on the Russian conferences, you notice the difference. Here you were in a city like Charlotte, but in Belarus? Here, take a trip to the Branch in the Stern… There are private medical centers? No. In the Bryansk region in fact, in each province, though a small study, but there is.
In Russia this woman (a physician) deliberately searched for: just posted a summary on the relevant website on the Internet, where it was noticed by the Director of the medical center in Novozybkov.
— I wasn’t planning on taking a part time job, I have enough salary, but came here for alternatives and are especially happy with the working conditions. Earn no more than in Gomel. Here are not invited to work everyone: previously held interview with the Director, which, incidentally, also a doctor with the experience. When I found out one of my Belarusian colleagues working here, the decision appeared by itself. When I arrived, there was a slight shock: it is hard to imagine that we are in the same province there is a private medical center, which is also well equipped. It is important for me to work on modern hardware, want all the consumables that I use in my work. Here I say what I want, and tomorrow it’s in my office will stand.
— Why Charlotte has become so popular with Gomel doctors? — interested in.
Is not doctors are looking for a job, this administration center is looking for doctors. If the Russians have increased the salary in hospitals in Gomel would not remain a one high-class specialist.
The doctor says that Russian patients of the Belarusian doctors in high esteem, because many local doctors have left to work in Moscow, those who remained, too, has its own routine in the end, people are largely dissatisfied with the level of local medicine.
— There is a doctor from Belarus a good reputation so people want to get to us.
The doctor says the treatment protocols in Russia are different from Belarusian, therefore, needed to be trained and to receive the Russian certificate. At the same time, when I started to work here, Director of the center analyzed its work on remote access to the computer.
Director remotely seen how I do my patients, and sent me comments. Wrote: you are not guided by international criteria, live in the 90-ies, learn, please, and — and I sat and taught. For me it was a practical Academy, when you great doctor might make a cool comment on the case.
The doctor notes that the Russian market is much more medications, including branded, than in Belarus.
— People here can choose is expensive or cheap. Our market is different — and some of the products we do buy here, because of something we do not have in selling. That’s the province, and look here is where, to be treated there and the doctor is where to turn.
The interviewee noted that doctors who work at the reception in Novozybkov, periodically invite patients to surgery or any intervention in the Gomel clinic — and it helps our hospitals implement a plan to export medical services.
Patients easier in Belarus to undergo surgery fee, what here for free. Our state on a result in the advantage from the fact that we work here because Russian patients come and ask where you can go to the doctors in Gomel.
— You have moved to live in Novozybkov?
— Don’t want to move because here the standard of living is low. In Bryansk, may be moved, but I have a family.
From downtown we walk to the train station. Along the way we go to the grocery store, and next to him — the shop of household chemistry and cosmetics. There is no secret that the Belarusians constantly come to them for shopping.
— Tomorrow is Saturday — again waiting for us! Also will the 25% discount on the entire range! Belarusians are buying? Diapers, large air fresheners, powder…
Near the railway station we meet two pensioners. One Russian woman, the second — Belarusian, but arrived in Novozybkov to watch mom.
Is before we went to you in Gomel for the products, and now we have your products in bulk and sausage, and milk — all. Yes, and you have a lot more sugar out twice. Belarus 1 ruble 50 kopecks per kilogram, and we have translated into your and for 70 cents you can packaging to buy.
Selling train we with the photographer are the only passengers.
Another drunk guy asked for free to Gomel to take, but I would not let him. Says a month and a half worked in Moscow. To work-worked, but which has managed to Galactica? — says the conductor checking our tickets.
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