Siberian city says no to spending 18-million on a tree

01 December 2019 - 00:00 By AFP

An expensive Christmas tree installed in the centre of an industrial Siberian city has been ridiculed online and on national media as a symbol of corruption, though authorities defended the hi-tech purchase.

The 25m artificial tree in Kemerovo, a city surrounded by coal mines, cost 18-million rubles (about R4.1m) - three times more than the country's main tree installed in the Kremlin...

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