Veterans of all CIS countries might be using public transport for free now. Vesti.uz informs that this initiative was taken by the now new Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin during the CIS gathering in Minsk on May 23, 2008. I am just wondering if public transport was always free for the veterans of the World War II in former Soviet Republics. I think the protocol signed by the ex-president gives freedom (free of charge) of movement to veterans on the whole territory of the CIS, former Soviet Socialist Republics (except Turkmenistan). This I think is a good step forward for reintegration of some sort. The only troubling moment is that the WWII veterans are now at least 79 years old (if assuming they were about 16 years old in the year 1945), which makes them physically immobile. But still a great news!
In Turkmenistan, which isn’t part of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), public transport is extremely cheap, but as the article here reports, only in Ashkhabad, the capital. This article gives a brilliant insight into transport means in the 180.000-headed town of Dashoguz and daily struggle of people for local mobility.