Stanislavskogo 2 Owners Evicted

Authorities came closer to clearing out a historic building on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa on Thursday when they evicted the family that runs Stanislavskogo 2, a restaurant popular with foreigners, from their apartment.

More than 10 police and court marshals entered the apartment of Emily Souptel and her mother, Rosalie Korodzievskaya, on Thursday morning and began taking away furniture.

"You see how they treat people here," Korodzievskaya said. "You see how these bandits care about human rights?"

The apartment, along with Stanislavskogo 2, is located in a 18th- and 19th-century complex that has been the focus of a long-running legal battle.

Court marshals were acting on a court order that had found the structure hazardous. Souptel and Korodzievskaya have been offered another apartment, but they have resisted moving.

"We understand that they don't want to move," said Natalya Azizova, a lawyer with the Federal Court Marshals Service. "They have a lot of memories here. But if the ceiling falls in tomorrow, what happens then?" she added, pointing to some small cracks in the ceiling plaster.

The restaurant is now the last tenant in the complex, which has protected status from the City Hall preservation committee.

Numerous protected buildings have been demolished in central Moscow in recent years after authorities declared them structurally unsound.