Russia's crumbling infrastructure from the Soviet Union era may not be replaced soon, after a plan from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure was shelved. Around half of the runways remain unpaved at the country's regional airports, and Russians face hot water shortages for weeks every summer. "Infrastructure has become one of the main brakes on the growth of the economy," said Yury Molchanov, deputy governor of St. Petersburg.

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