United Russia deputy from Chita explains her idea to turn off lights for poor

United Russia deputy from Chita explains her idea to turn off lights for poor
Yekaterina Borisova

Using sarcasm, the parliamentarian wanted to emphasize the hopelessness of the situation with massive theft of electricity.

Deputy of the Chita City Council Yekaterina Borisova assured that the suggestion to turn off the light in the apartments of poor citizens at night was sarcasm. By doing so, the parliamentarian allegedly wanted to emphasize how difficult is the situation with debts for electricity and its theft. Borisova explained herself on the air of the Govorit Moskva radio station.

“In general, of course, it sounded, in context, as sarcasm about a hopeless measure,” Borisova said and added that it was impossible to implement her proposal, according to the Housing Code.

According to Borisova, residents of Chita owe more than 50 million rubles ($ 750,000) for electricity. Some of them steal electricity, while the others have to pay for them, having received receipts with amounts overestimated by four times.

“In fact, logically, they need to cut off the lights for the night, as they do at country houses, and they will not drown,” the deputy said at a meeting of the housing and utilities committee earlier, which angered the citizens.

According to her, 80% of the inhabitants of barracks use electricity to heat their homes, but do not pay for it.

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