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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Tell Deputie's Families to Leave Their Apartments

Police have ordered former parliament deputies who stayed in the White House until the end of the Moscow uprising to vacate their government apartments within three days, family members said Friday.


"At 10 P. M. Thursday, several men in military uniforms and black berets came by with a three-day notice to vacate the apartment", said Galina Pavlova, wife of Nikolai Pavlov, a hardline former legislator.


"Of course we expected this, but the term is impossible; the children are going to school and a container for things costs a million rubles" ($800), she said.


The eviction is the latest in a series of blows to the former deputies who lost their jobs three weeks ago, saw their workplace destroyed by military force last week, and are now losing their treasured perks.


The latest measure is aimed at the diehard parliamentarians who defended the White House to the very end on Oct. 3 and 4, according to President Boris Yeltsin's office.


"Those that worked full-time in the Supreme Soviet and left before Oct. 3 can keep their apartments", said presidential spokesman Dmitry Ardamatsky. "The others can go to their place of residence they occupied before their election to the Supreme Soviet".


Pavlova said, however, that, "many people have no place to go. Many deputies, especially military officers, don't have apartments at all".


The president's press office said the decision to evict deputies within three days was made by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. The mayor's press spokesman, Viktor Malynshchuk, replied Friday that Luzhkov, a close Yeltsin ally, has not signed any such order.


Tatyana Baburina, wife of former deputy Sergei Baburin, said two unarmed men presented her with a document Thursday signed by a local official.


Nina Muravyova, wife of former deputy Igor Muravyov, said, however, that three policemen dressed in civilian clothes gave them an eviction notice bearing no signature at 9 P. M.


The pointed message, the late hour and the president's other tough actions against parliament have frightened the deputies and their families, several family members said.


"There are rumors of them removing us by force", Muravyova said. "For example you could leave to buy bread and they would not allow you back in".