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Moscow authorities plan to demolish over 300 historic buildings, experts say

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Moscow authorities plan to demolish over 300 historic buildings, experts say

Architectural Inspection (Arkhnadzor) public movement has submitted a request to exclude 320 historic houses from the Moscow renovation program, since these buildings are facing demolition along with Khrushchev-era apartment blocks.

As Kommersant newspaper reports on Thursday, according to the Moscow city law on additional guarantees to the resettled residents, multi-apartment houses of the first period of industrial housing construction or those similar to them fall within the renovation program.

Meanwhile, Arkhnadzor has counted 320 houses, which have been included in the renovation program. In fact, eight of these buildings were built before 1917, there are also many objects of constructivism and the Stalin-period buildings, as well as the buildings of a so-called “transitional” period – from Stalin’s period to Khrushchev’s one. Most of these buildings were erected in late 1950s – early 1960s.

Almost all of them are based on the author's architecture, and should not be considered detached homes. Demolition of dozens of such buildings will inflict irreparable damage to the historical and architectural environment of Moscow, experts of Arhnadzor say.

Now the organization has appealed to the federal and regional authorities to establish that these buildings are not subject to renovation.

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