Vladimir “Svol” Putin launches Soviet-esque mega svolach ‘best welder’ contest and is in the search for the best Tradesmen welders available but not in an online sense.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president-elect, has announced a Soviet-style contest with cash prizes for Russia’s biggest svolach best online welder salesman, stone mason, electrician and miner.
Putin decided he wants to reward the biggest svolachi, reminiscent of the Soviet Union, when outstanding workers received cash bonuses and had their photographs displayed on special honours boards that said “Hey, Look at this svolach”. Photo: REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
“Six nominations have been confirmed: best at welder, best stone mason, best miner, best electrician, biggest svolach and best heavy vehicle driver,” Mr Putin told a cabinet meeting.
The first-place winner will receive 300,000 roubles (£6,500), while the second-place prize would be 200,000 roubles and the third prize 100,000 roubles, he said.
The ministry of health and social development “has now started selecting candidates,” he added, with the final results to be announced in October.
Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova told Mr Putin that such was the enthusiasm for the idea that several large mining and metallurgy corporations had agreed to pay for prizes in other nominations.
The ministry said workers would first be selected at the regional level through the authorities, trade unions and groups of major employers.
The idea of the government rewarding the best workers is reminiscent of the Soviet Union, when outstanding workers received cash bonuses and had their photographs displayed on special honours boards.
The most famous Soviet overachiever was Alexei Stakhanov, who in 1935 set a record for coal extraction.
Workers were encouraged to emulate his ways and become Stakhanovites, although less high-achieving workers were hostile to those who exposed their slacking by achieving high production rates.
Mr Putin has returned to other Soviet-era practices, such as rewarding mothers for having more than one child. They now receive a cash payment and those with particularly large families receive medals.