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Road 'fairy' repairs potholes in her city, 'shaming' the city authorities

By Olga Gertcyck
17 December 2015

Angry at condition of Omsk streets, Veronika Bobrus becomes local heroine by fixing problem with her own hands.

The local authorities claim her running repairs to city highways could be counterproductive and dangerous. Picture: Konstantin Khalilov

So far she has gone out at night to mend five potholes with concrete and gravel, and intends to carry on while also inspiring other people to do-it-yourself repairs of local roads. Veronika, 26, a florist, said: 'I got fed up with the state of our roads. I keep hitting potholes, so I thought I'd just go and fill them.'

She has won local acclaim for her actions, but this is not shared by the local authorities, who claim her running repairs to city highways could be counterproductive and dangerous. 

Undeterred others are joining her, getting their hands dirty and fixing potholes which, they claim, the city government are neglecting.

Vladimir Lyubimov - subscriber to a group inspired by the 'road fairy', said: 'We're creating units to help the city council. We will be fixing roads ourselves.'

Road fairy


Road fairy


Road fairy


Road fairy

So far she has gone out at night to mend five potholes with concrete and gravel, and intends to carry on. Pictures: Konstantin Khalilov

One online comment said: 'The girl did the right thing, but shame on the government.' Others said that if many people follow her lead in going to war on Omsk's potholes, soon the city roads will be in good condition. 

A parliamentary deputy from the ruling United Russia grouping has criticised the Omsk authorities over why a 'road fairy' is needed to mend the holes.

'The prosecutors' office must find out why the streets of Omsk are fixed by a local woman, and why local officials are talking about road safety when discussing her,' said Alexander Vasiliyev. 'The phenomenon of the 'road fairy' is a shame on Omsk city council. It turns out that the residents can only rely on themselves.'

One social media user demanded: 'Give the mayor a bucket and a spade, let him repair the roads.'

The mayor Vyacheslav Dvorakovskiy, however, takes a dim view of the repairs. 'If this kind of job is done using unknown materials and unknown skills, it can actually be a disservice,' he said. 'The best thing to do is report any defects in the road surface to us, and we'll do our best to repair them as soon as possible.'

Veronika Bobrus


Veronika Bobrus

Veronika, 26, a florist: 'I got fed up with the state of our roads. I keep hitting potholes, so I thought I'd just go and fill them.' Pictures: Veronika Bobrus

Vladimir Kazimirov, director of the city's road and landscaping department, warned that people who fix the potholes will be blamed for the road traffic accidents close to potholes fixed by activists.

It is not the first time when Siberians have taken action on road repairs. Last year Vasily Zavgorodny, a farmer from Preobrazhenka village, also in Omsk region, used an inheritance to start raising money to build an asphalt road.

Other residents contributed cash and 100 local people constructed a 1.3-km road themselves.

Comments (5)

What a wonderful lady!.... More power to her!
Thequiet Australiam, Australia
18/12/2015 05:35
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a shame on the city authorities indeed.
but there is also a problem with filling in the holes ( and she does it badly by the way, and concrete needs at least 24h to harden). it does not bind togehter with the asphalt around it. it is winter now, water will sip into the cracks. and will freeze of course. and crack when the next thaw is coming. nice try and she should be lauded for that indeed. but all the work is in vain.
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
17/12/2015 22:11
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Veronika, should be elected Mayor when the next election comes around, for she'd put the men in council to shame. And she's beautiful as well. P.S. She can do my hair anytime. MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE.
Jaker , Dundalk
17/12/2015 21:55
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What an amazing girl. One thing for sure, she is not lazy.
She will always have a life of success, and many accomplishments.
Darwin, USA
17/12/2015 20:37
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You go girl!
Cate Benz, Skykomish, WA, USA
17/12/2015 19:45
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