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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3,000 Protest Gazprom Skyscraper

ST. PETERSBURG — About 3,000 protesters rallied in St. Petersburg on Saturday to protest a plan to build a hulking skyscraper for Gazprom.

The protesters urged President Dmitry Medvedev to ban the construction of the 77-story glass tower and to fire St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko for approving the project.

Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev joined the ranks of the project’s foes, saying in an interview published Saturday in Kommersant that he had sent a letter to prosecutors arguing that the plan would violate federal law.

Matviyenko insisted Saturday that the project was in line with the law, RIA-Novosti reported.

A poll of 1,200 St. Petersburg residents conducted earlier in the week had 77 percent of respondents saying that the city’s skyline must be preserved, while 18 percent welcomed new tall buildings and the rest were undecided.