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Russians protest plans to demolish Soviet-era homes

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 01:27

Police in Moscow detained several people on Friday who were protesting outside parliament against a controversial housing resettlement programme that lawmakers are expected to support. Pascale Davies reports.

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Protestors in Moscow are doing everything they can to save their Soviet-era homes. Demonstrating outside parliament against a resettlement programme. Authorities want to displace millions of citizens from shoddy apartment blocks. Which were mass produced cheaply in the 1950's and 60's to accomodate the millions of people sharing overcrowded communal flats. They are known for their low ceilings and tiny kitchens - and dubbed the "khrushevki" - as they were promised by the then Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. The current government however, wants to give them a revamp and turn them into modern high rise flats. It's an ongoing dispute - with thousands demonstrating against the move in May. Residents are concerned over their property rights and the cost. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, TATYANA, SAYING: "I'm moving from one apartment into another. I did not choose it, but now I have to pay a mortgage for it for the rest of my life. What's fair about that?" Some protesters were detained on Friday (June 9) - including the leader of the opposition party Sergei Mitrokhin. The property feud could have an impact on the presidential election in 2018. Unhappy residents saying they may join next week's nation-wide anti government rally.

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Russians protest plans to demolish Soviet-era homes

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 01:27