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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plans Afoot For Yeltsin Museum

Construction of a museum featuring the archive, belongings and personal library of the late President Boris Yeltsin could begin this year in Filyovsky Park in western Moscow, Vedomosti reported Wednesday.

The Yeltsin Foundation, an organization founded by people close to the former president with the aim of "creating the necessary conditions for young people to reach their creative potential," expects construction of the museum to begin this year, the newspaper said.

The museum will include facilities for academic research, but the archive will not be open to the general public. Researchers will have to submit a written application to obtain access to the archive.

The project has been approved by the city's chief architect, though State Duma Deputy Alexei Mitrofanov has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General's Office, in which he claims that the planned museum would deprive the public of valuable parkland.

The museum would be the centerpiece of a 1.6-hectare development and is planned to be built in the style of a Russian country estate. Five-star condominiums and office spaces, as well as garages and underground parking, are also planned.

Yeltsin Foundation director Alexander Drozdov told Vedomosti that the organization would invest some $10 million in the project.

But the deputy head of the Natural Resources Ministry's environmental watchdog, Oleg Mitvol, said construction of the museum would be illegal.

"All extraneous objects should be removed from the park, including those on the plot where the foundation plans to build the building," Mitvol said, reported.

Mitvol said his department would "take care of the situation."

"A park is a park, and it's illegal to build anything here," he said. "The Yeltsin Foundation building doesn't fit the profile for the park and will be subject to removal. Or the Moscow city government will have to change the park's borders."