Physical Accessibility in Russia – The Mendeleyev Journal – Live From Moscow

Physical Accessibility in Russia

On 15/01/201616/01/2016 By mendeleyeevIn Russia

We understand that the modern Western world is consumed by political correctness. Drowning in it to be blunt. So, please pardon our use of terms like handicapped, physically challenged, disabled, and the like. We will make no apologies for stating the obvious.

This topic is introduced with the hope that perhaps someday Russia will join the rest of the modern world in caring about, and making it easier for her citizens with physical challenges to enjoy life with the same privileges as everyone else.

Visitors do not see a lot of folk with physical disabilities in everyday Russia. Apartment buildings, many of which are older buildings with no elevators, simply leave this segment of the population out in the cold. Or, locked up in an apartment with no access to leave other than family and friends who come to carry a wheelchair down several flights of stairs.

The Metro systems in Russia are some of the most efficient, carrying millions of passengers daily. But only recently have new Metro stations been equipped with public elevators. Despite promises from the government, those are so few, in a system with 200 stations in Moscow alone, to hardly be [...]

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