Eurasia Review: Russia has taken up the Altai corridor

While the West is about to build transport corridors in Eurasia bypassing Russia, Russia itself is also ready to build its own alternative routes, writes the analytical portal Eurasia Review.

One of these routes will be the route through Altai to the PRC - the so-called. Altai corridor. In the Russian Federation itself, first of all, they are talking about the construction of a railway line, although in the future a highway that will connect the Russian Novosibirsk and the Chinese Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, is not excluded.

Among the main reasons for the implementation of such an ambitious project is, in particular, the construction by Kazakhstan of additional barriers to transit goods, where border guards began to carefully check cargo going to the Russian Federation for compliance with sanctions.

Eurasia Review notes the West's hopes that the construction of the Altai route will take many years and ultimately cost Moscow a lot.

It is worth noting the fact that the idea of ​​the Altai transport corridor appeared back in the 1990s or 2000s, but remained as a set of good wishes. In this way, it is akin to the North-South corridor, which has come a long way - almost two decades have passed from slides to the start of concrete implementation on the ground.

It is worth noting that the construction of the Altai transport corridor, which now seems to have virtually no alternative, was stalled for years by periodically heard statements about the inexpediency of such a project. However, at present, they are already planning to supply the most extensive range of goods to the Celestial Empire, in particular, wheat.
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  1. lord-palladore-11045 (Konstantin Puchkov) 17 September 2023 19: 21
    Economically, the Altai-China transport corridor looks very attractive, if the wishes of the local population are not taken into account. Geographically, this corridor must pass through the protected Ukok plateau - there is no other way. Not so long ago they were going to lay a gas pipeline there to China, and it seems that, thank God, they refused, now here is a transport corridor again... For starters, they would have conducted research there and accepted the conditions of the local Altai population. I know that expeditions went to the Ukok plateau - this protected place is one huge cemetery where local nomadic tribes buried their dead and dead for centuries. We need to think a hundred times about how to build this transport route, although it is a good and necessary thing.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 September 2023 19: 45
      Always, before digging different routes, archaeologists work in the designated areas; after comprehensive research work, construction work is allowed. In such archaeological work, many significant finds and discoveries are revealed, and without the need for work on the routes, it is unlikely that they were found. Archeology and discoveries about the history of the region are only intensifying. So what’s the problem, playing along with enemies, because the state of the history of the area here is only improving.
      1. Alexander Dutov Offline Alexander Dutov
        Alexander Dutov (Alexander Dutov) 18 September 2023 08: 22
        PS Well, not always of course. Near Orenburg there is such an ancient village of Tatarskaya Kargala, and with it the cemetery is older and larger in area. They say that in the XNUMXth century, Muslim theologians gathered and identified this place as the closest to Allah... Allegedly, noble people from Bukhara, Kazan, Astrakhan and Crimea were buried there, which did not prevent the USSR from laying a road right along the outskirts...
        1. krot Offline krot
          krot (Paul) 18 September 2023 12: 16
          which did not at all prevent the USSR from laying a road right along the outskirts...

          Along the outskirts, not in the churchyard! It is important!
    2. borisvt Offline borisvt
      borisvt (boris) 17 September 2023 19: 51
      Ukok - ukok, and the Chuisky tract through the village of Tashanta in the Kosh-Agach region to Mongolia was built and was in full use since Soviet times. Most likely, it will be used as the basis, since the mountainous and uninhabited area is located directly in China
      1. Alexander Dutov Offline Alexander Dutov
        Alexander Dutov (Alexander Dutov) 18 September 2023 08: 01
        The article clearly states that transit countries are unnecessary problems on the route. The example of Ukraine is before our eyes. By the way, the Tavrida highway was not built without the permission of archaeologists.
      2. Alexander Dutov Offline Alexander Dutov
        Alexander Dutov (Alexander Dutov) 18 September 2023 08: 08
        So the area will become crowded...
        1. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
          Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 18 September 2023 16: 28
          The road is the road. If you are traveling far, then why do you need to stop often? You eat for yourself and eat. Well, of course, every 100-150 km in the desert, a food, refueling, and rest station would not hurt. That's all. What kind of continuous cemeteries?
  2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 September 2023 20: 47
    Any transport capabilities of the state by any rulers have been welcomed at all times, so the Altai corridor - forward and with song...
    1. lord-palladore-11045 (Konstantin Puchkov) 18 September 2023 07: 41
      This is not correct, according to members of the expedition, there are so many sacred objects on the Ukok plateau that there is nowhere to go when needed. The culture of local peoples must be respected.
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      2. hromenkonickolai (Nikolay Khromenko) 18 September 2023 16: 07
        The route must be laid along paths that people walk on when needed.
      3. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
        Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 18 September 2023 21: 58
        The plateau is large, tens, maybe hundreds of square kilometers, so it’s hard to believe that it is completely covered with sacred places.
  3. anyname Offline anyname
    anyname (any name) 17 September 2023 22: 39
    Kazakhstan itself cut down the branch on which it was sitting. The war will end, the borders will be opened, but the entire flow of goods will take a different route. Perhaps the loss of 1 billion per year is not much for Kazakhstan, but in the context of 10-30-50 years, the losses are colossal. With such funds it is possible to rebuild cities from scratch, but now this is a thing of the past.
    1. Alexander Dutov Offline Alexander Dutov
      Alexander Dutov (Alexander Dutov) 18 September 2023 08: 13
      If the current rulers of Kazakhstan are interested in the future, it is only their children, not the state
      1. bobnew2017 Offline bobnew2017
        bobnew2017 (Bobylev Alexey) 19 September 2023 10: 21
        These are not rulers, but corrupt slaves of Anglo-Saxon imperialism. They sold the country for a couple of pounds sterling, which were left for safekeeping by the same pirates. They prepared for the people the fate of being a hostage of the West. A colony of England, all the property of Kazakhstan belongs to them, and the people don’t care. I believe that the friendship of the peoples of the USSR itself is indestructible, but the efforts of corrupt oligarchs to destroy it are taking place. The oligarchs are the furious enemy of all the peoples of the USSR.
  4. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 17 September 2023 22: 56
    It is quite possible to run a railway parallel to the Chuysky tract, although a couple of passes will set the heat. But it’s better to go around the holy places nearby, on the Ukok plateau and in general there’s no point in climbing, it’s off to the side. All roads appear when they need to be followed, and vice versa, there are no roads where no one goes. And Kazakhstan is flying by. But you can understand them, they didn’t announce the SVO, and the sanctions could have been taken seriously.
  5. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 18 September 2023 02: 22
    This corridor could easily be cut through Mongolia. The Altai option is a clear concession to the Chinese, who traditionally rely on such concepts as nature reserves. The first conversations about the Altai route began 10 years ago, but then Russia firmly defended the inviolability of Altai. Unfortunately, circumstances force us to retreat (
  6. anclevalico Offline anclevalico
    anclevalico (Victor) 18 September 2023 08: 52
    With rising fuel prices, the economic efficiency of the corridor has dropped significantly.