Rus­sian chefs of­fer soup to home­less

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It de­picts Hun­gary’s Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­bán sur­rounded by Don­ald Trump, An­gela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu. The paint­ings are on dis­play on a former Ukrainian barge on the Danube. ST PETERS­BURG: Most weeks, Ro­man Red­man does a few ex­tra hours in the kitchens of his ribs and burger joint in Saint Peters­burg to cook for a less hip­ster clien­tele: the city’s poor and home­less.

The tra­di­tional meat and cab­bage soup is la­dled into big flasks and driven by vol­un­teers to places around the city where peo­ple live rough or sub­sist on state pen­sions.

It’s then dis­trib­uted free in or­der to en­able peo­ple to eat and stock up on sup­plies, and it’s par­tic­u­larly wel­come in win­ter when tem­per­a­tures can drop to -20°C.

“It’s only be­cause of this that I sur­vive,” said one man after glug­ging down soup handed out from the back of a van.

Of­fi­cial statis­tics say there are al­most 65 000 reg­is­tered home­less peo­ple in Rus­sia.

The food sup­ply van is run by the Nochlezhka char­ity and stops at four lo­ca­tions in the city al­most daily, serv­ing up soup and tea as well as con­tri­bu­tions from part­ner restau­rants.

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