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For a long time I was going to write a review about my Grand Cherokee WK2 - from the very purchase. Because at the beginning of operation, all the features (especially the pluses) of the car are visible and noticeable. Then the enthusiasm subside and you begin to perceive more evenly what at first focused on itself.

It's already been 4 years of operation, my personal mileage has exceeded 100 thousand, and the total - already for 140 000. I decided that it was time to check in on this topic.

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BURO. continues to rediscover Russia: our correspondent has returned with a story from a small industrial Tatar town, which is extremely successfully and without conflicts turned into a regional center of public art and urban ventures.

Almetyevsk is a town in the south-east of the Republic of Tatarstan. It could be boldly and offensively called a place “in the middle of nowhere”, if not for one fat “but” - in the middle of the last century, one of the world's largest oil fields was discovered here, a third of all Tatar oil is produced here. In honor of this event, a dull Soviet monocity grew up near the village of Almetyevo: with five-storey buildings, indistinguishable from each other, Lenin Street and Stroiteley Street. Seventy years later, Tatneft, which employs nearly all of the city's residents, invited St. Petersburg street art researchers to figure out how to make Almetyevsk a beautiful, comfortable and pleasant place from which people would not want to leave for a better life. This is how the five-year public art program "Tales of Golden Apples" was created, which is being carried out by the Institute for the Study of Street Art in cooperation with the Tatneft company on the one hand, and with local residents on the other.

Leaving Almetyevsk may be easier than getting to it. There are no direct flights from Moscow: there is no airport, the railway is also not represented in any way. We, Moscow journalists, invited to see the wonders of Tatar street art, take tests for covid directly at Sheremetyevo and, after waiting for negative results, fly to Nizhnekamsk. "Begishevo International Airport is the best airport in Russia" - such a billboard meets those who have landed in this air harbor. Further, through the night steppe, we rush to Almetyevsk, the road takes about an hour and a half. The driver of the minibus is polite and strict, gently demands that you buckle up and never take off your masks.

Cleanliness is generally serious. Nail Maganov, General Director of Tatneft, retells a story he heard from his 90-year-old mother: “In the village of Almetyevo, the foreman walked the streets with attesting witnesses and checked whether the yard was clean. If there was garbage, they were punished with flogging. Perhaps, at the genetic level, it stayed here. " The city is really very clean. The curator of the public art program Polina Yozh explains that in fact the connection between the city and the countryside is very close here: “Many top managers live in houses in the village, get up at five in the morning, and then put on an expensive suit and go to a modern glass office and concrete. " Such an intricate modus operandi can partially explain the local vibe: the interweaving of ancient traditions, big money, modern technology and love for your work, family and the place in which you live.

The metaphysics of these places and spaces is truly mysterious. Checking in at the Neftyanik hotel, we ask at the reception if the hotel is located in the city center, and they say yes to us with confidence. When asked why it is so quiet around at seven in the evening, they answer: "Well, what do you want, this is a sleeping area."

Boiler room

We still manage to find the city center: Lenin Street is deserted and quiet. It is distinguished from any other Lenin street in the entire post-Soviet space by two things: signs in two languages, Russian and Tatar, and bicycle paths. It rests against the dubious architectural dominant of Almetyevsk - a huge operating boiler house, and this is our first art object.

The main building, small outbuildings and two giant reservoirs were painted by Moscow artist Artem Stefanov in 2018 - the work is called "Theories of the origin of oil / barlykka kilү theoriyaleәre": Tatar ornament, glitch, trilobites, chemical compounds and underground seas. A pleasant fact - this work is clearly visible. Nail Maganov managed to come to an agreement and demolish the depressive fence with barbed wire that surrounded the boiler room, and in Russia, the country of fences, this is, of course, a great victory. The area around the building - this is 8 thousand squares - has now become public, and in the future it is planned to break up an industrial park here with BMX and parkour zones.

With the onset of astronomical twilight, the light installation "Tochka / Nokta" from the Moscow studio "SETAP" (2019) turns on imagine that you are somewhere between Berlin and "Mutabor" - seven lasers create a light projection from geometric shapes and abstract objects, moving points across the entire surface of the boiler room change color and pattern throughout the night.

From the former fence, there are only memories and the checkpoint, which now serves as a flight control point for this installation and for another sculpture, created this year, right in front of the lockdown.

The crocus flower is one of the first to bloom, traditionally announcing the start of a new summer cottage season. It is a magnificent sight when these amazing flowers appear in early spring.

Crocuses are great as a flower lawn decoration. They are not only beautiful, but also have their own environmental value. The first bumblebees will be happy to taste nectar and pollen when there are no other flowers yet.

Crocuses on the lawn. Denmark

When to plant crocuses

Like all bulbous and tuberous plants that bloom in early spring, crocus bulbs are planted in the fall, from mid-September to mid-October. They are not too demanding on the soil, but they are afraid of waterlogging.

Crocus planting on the lawn


Using the planting cone, punch a hole in the ground to a depth of about 5 cm, expand it with light movements so that the bulb can fit. Insert the bulb, tip up, into the planting hole. Don't worry, the bulbs will be able to fix their position in the soil on their own with the help of special roots, if necessary.

On loose sandy soils, the planting holes are easily trampled under foot. If the soil is loamy, fill the planting hole with loose planting soil and tamp down carefully with your foot.

Finally, each tuber must be watered so that the soil is firmly attached to the bulb. Moisture stimulates root formation and ensures good survival.


Use a sharp shovel to pierce the lawn on three sides and carefully lift the turf so that it remains connected to the lawn on one side. Then place 15-25 onions, tip up, and press lightly into the ground.

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