Sunday afternoon on Sakharov Avenue in Moscow began to protest against the program of the city authorities for the renovation and demolition of buildings, writes 14 may, the news service of the BBC.
The rally gathered some thousands of apartment owners and residents, unhappy with this program at that time as the bill of the renovation already approved in the first reading by the state Duma of the Russian Federation.
According to the so-called «White counter», as of 14:00 per share came to 7.1 thousand people. By 14:15 the number of participants, according to the estimates of volunteers has increased to 9.3 thousand.
During the speeches at the rally there were calls to make «against the actions of the construction lobby» and also to send in resignation of mayor Sergey Sobyanin. The TV channel «Rain» reported that the police detained one of the protesters.
It became known later that the riot police brought Alexei Navalny and his family from the rally, the leader of the Russian opposition announced on his page in social network Twitter.
Duma Deputy Elena Shuvalov in the beginning of the rally called the program «deportation» of Muscovites, who are forced to leave their homes.
A bill introduced in the state Duma in early March, has been criticized for the violation of existing laws and the Russian Constitution. In particular, in its present form, the bill restricts the right of citizens to judicial protection and does not protect the rights of residents of homes that will be demolished.
In early may, were published lists of houses, whose residents must vote «for» or «against» the demolition. Voting will begin may 15, and according to its results the decision on the inclusion of the house in a renovation programme.
In the lists, in addition to the panel «Khrushchev», featured brick «stalinki» and a house built before the revolution – a total of 4.566 buildings. However, the old dorms, barracks and communal are not included.
Moscow authorities are trying to soften the bad impression which was made on the Russians this project. They promised to give the residents of five-story buildings the opportunity to challenge in court the decision on the demolition of their homes, although earlier secoproject denied doing it, and the ability to opt out of receiving an equivalent housing in order to receive monetary compensation.
However, activists opposed to the program, it is not reassuring – they see in this initiative an attempt to deprive Russian citizens of the right to housing guaranteed by the Constitution. At the meeting, saying the organizers should not sound political slogans.