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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Street market moves on

The street market near the Olympic Stadium which has been the center of controversy since its appearance on July will be relocated to the Lokomotiv Stadium on July 28, city officials announced.


The decision reverses a previous plan by city officials to "civilize" the market, which has drawn continuous complaints from local residents and businesses in the area about crime and unsanitary conditions.


"We made the decision since the area was not suitable for that kind of trade", said Valentina Borodina, vice chairwoman for consumer goods trade at the Moscow mayor's office.


One of the main reasons for the move were complaints from the Durov Animal Theater whose directors said they could not stay open if the market was not moved, Borodina said.


Residents of the Olympic area said they were relieved, but at the same time expressed concern about similar problems arising at the Lokomotiv Stadium.


"It seems as though city officials want to systematically ruin all of Moscow", said one resident, who declined to give her name.


"Stoleshnikov Pereulok has still not recovered, it is still dirty and who knows how long it will take before our neighborhood is restored. Litter is strewn everywhere and the park near my house has been completely destroyed".


The move will be the third since Yeltsin's Decree on Free Trade was signed on January 29 of this year. The market first sprang up around Moscow's largest toy store Detsky Mir extending all the way down to the Bolshoi Theater.


Due to traffic problems and gravely unsanitory conditions, peddlers were moved along to Stoleshnikov Pereulok instead.


When the same problems arose at the new site, trade was again prohibited and moved to a square formerly used for driving lessons opposite the Olympic Stadium.


City officials said they had chosen the site due to the large empty area,


which according to them, was the "perfect place for a market of that nature".


But local residents and businesses did not agree, saying that their neighborhood had become rife with crime and filthy.


The mayor's office contends that the same problems will not recur at Lokomotiv Stadium since it is a confined area which will not bother the rest of the neighborhood.