For years, thousands of Russians have been paying mortgages on homes that remain alarmingly unfinished. The ‘defrauded co-investors’ have found a voice – but will the Kremlin listen?
Among the red banners and copies of Trudovaya Rossiya (Working Russia) being passed around at a Communist party rally in Moscow, you could see a new kind of uniform: orange shirts bearing the slogan “Defrauded Co-Investor”.
“We’ve lost all hope,” says Valery Ryabkov, who is wearing one of the shirts. “We’ve gone to the Kremlin. We’ve gone to the mayor. Nothing happens. We get the same run-around everywhere.”