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 Russia Purchased Siemens Trains for the Olympics Two Times Cheaper than Kolesnikov’s Hyundais!

Siemens corporation is completing the production of electric Desiro RUS trains in the German town of Krefeld, that Russia ordered for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

As the Deutsche Welle reports the amount of the contract is 580 million euros ($ 770 million).

38 of 54 ordered trains will be assembled in Germany, and the other 16 - in Russia, at a factory in Upper Pyshma in the Sverdlovsk region.

Thus, a single Siemens train will cost Russia about 10.7 million euros (14 million dollars).

Ukraine paid Korean company Hyundai 307 million dollars for 10 trains. As a result, it appears that Korean trains turned out to be twice more expensive for Ukraine than the German trains for Russia.

This winter Korean Hyundais in Ukraine broke down about 70 times. They stopped in the field or could not leave the station. Between the stations they were pulled by locomotives hauled of the Soviet era. People were cold for hours since there was no electricity or heating in the cars. Hyundai company had to apologize for its equipment.

The purchase of Hyundais on the eve of Euro 2012 was lobbied by former Transport Minister Borys Kolesnikov. In this case, the official did not bother to check whether the Korean equipment is suitable for use on the Ukrainian railways. But Kolesnikov has not been held responsible since.

 
 
 
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