Sunday, 14 May 2017

Moscow protests over demolition of Soviet-era homes

Thousands of people took to Moscow's streets to protest against plans to demolish their Soviet-era homes.

The three- to five-storey Soviet apartments are nicknamed "khrushchovki" after the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Moscow's plan to demolish the blocks and resettle nearly a million people has met stiff opposition.

Opponents claim their rights are being ignored and many fear they will not be compensated fairly by the state.

Some protesters believe the project is simply a way to divert funds to construction companies.
"Let us keep our houses!" a 59-year-old engineer shouted, laying the blame directly at the feet of mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

"It's Sobyanin who should be demolished. This is in the interest of developers and the authorities," she told the AFP news agency.

But the project also has the backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

BBC     News.