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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mayor Orders Eviction of All Former Deputies

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Monday ordered city authorities and police to evict all former parliamentary deputies from their government apartments, Interfax reported.


The special residences will be reassigned to members of the new State Duma after elections Dec. 12, the news agency said.


Police distributed eviction orders last Thursday that affected only those deputies who stayed in the White House in support of the uprising against President Boris Yeltsin until it ended on Oct. 4, giving them until Sunday to clear out.


Luzhkov's order, however, appears to affect all former members of the Russian Supreme Soviet, including Yeltsin supporters.


In a new twist, former rebel parliamentarians living in government apartments at Ulitsa Korolyova woke up Monday to find there was no heating or hot water in their apartments, residents said. At a second residence for ex-Supreme Soviet deputies on Rublyovskoye Shosse, heat and hot water continued to flow although signs in the corridors promised an upcoming shutdown of the hot water supply.


By Monday not one of the hardline deputies under order of eviction had moved out, housing officials said. Police and government officials said, however, that they have no plans forcibly to evict the rebel parliamentarians.


"I don't think anyone will have their things thrown out into the street", said Igor Zverev, a spokesman for Luzhkov. "I think they will be constantly pressured, reminded, and hurried".


Some ex-deputies were worried, however, that the home-front hassles are just the latest signs of the government's draconian crackdown on deputies.


"Perhaps a new blockade is under way", said Irina Vinogradova, a deputy who stayed two weeks inside the cold, darkened White House disconnected by government order. "If that's the case, I will really write to the United Nations; that's barbarism. There are children living here".


In another development, police on Saturday arrested former deputy Ilya Konstantinov, 37, a leader of the National Salvation Front, a banned opposition alliance. Konstantinov, who shaved his beard to avoid detection, is thought to be one of the organizers of the revolt against Yeltsin's government.


Yeltsin's most resilient opponents face eviction or - worse - are imprisoned, but a number of them are still demanding the perks they received as deputies. Alexander Pochinok, head of a commission overseeing the disbanded parliament, said that among those making the demands are prominent hardliner Sergei Baburin and Constitutional Committee head Oleg Ryumantsev.


While his former colleagues argue about their benefits and pensions, Khasbulatov remains in Lefortovo prison charged with "organizing mass revolt".


Many city residents have little sympathy for the former speaker and his fellow rebellion organizers. One in five of 1, 000 Muscovites polled would like to see the death penalty, and one in eight say life imprisonment is justified for the rebel leaders, according to a Mneniye organization poll quoted in Itar-Tass.