“The demolition of illegal buildings in Moscow — a good example of that in Russia is not for sale however, the heritage, the history of our country. You cannot hide behind the paperwork of property, acquired by obviously fraudulent,” wrote Sergei Sobyanin in a social network “Vkontakte”.
“We will return Moscow to the Muscovites. Its parks, squares, streets. Open, beautiful, loved,” added the mayor.
The day before Sobyanin said that the demolished structure was a danger to the residents of Moscow, as their illegally built on engineering services and on the technical area of the metro. This happened with the assistance or acquiescence of officials, he said.
Thus, according to the mayor, the owners of the demolished pavilions can get to build their facilities in other places and legally.
Large-scale demolition of the retail pavilions took place in Moscow on the night of 9 February. In the decision of the city government talked about the 104 projects built illegally. In this case, the Moscow state inspection for real estate reported on the demolition of 97 pavilions.
The actions of the Moscow authorities criticized the former mayor Yuri Luzhkov. He stated that “when the economy of the country has so many problems, it is not the time to deal with small business”.
In turn, the leader of the Moscow Yabloko Sergei Mitrokhin has sent President Vladimir Putin a letter, urging to stop the demolition, and “to renounce the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin in connection with loss of trust”. According to him, the municipality has violated article 35 of the Constitution, which stipulates the right to private property.
In the Kremlin in response to the request of the Mitrokhin suggested first to listen to the explanations of the municipality. “To draw any hasty conclusions, to level criticism, it would be unfair”, said the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.