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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Targets Kadashi

The “ruins” in Moscow’s historical Kadashi district must be demolished to make way for an elite apartment complex, Mayor Yury Luzhkov said Tuesday, adding that only the local church, an officially protected site, will remain.

The city has the right to remove the buildings that have no historic or cultural value as long as it preserves the “spirit” of the district, and the development plans for Kadashi were approved by all authorities and the Russian Orthodox Church, Luzhkov said in a televised speech, Interfax reported.

Preservationists protesting the demolition of Kadashi buildings have clashed with demolition workers in recent weeks, causing federal authorities to intervene.