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Moscow demolishes Soviet-era apartments

An excavator wrecks a wall with an image depicting the World Trade Centre Towers in New York, of an old five-storey apartment building that is demolished as part of the city authorities' project in Moscow, Russia. The Moscow government plans to resettle millions of citizens from shoddy Soviet-era apartment blocks. The draft law on renovation envisages moving some Muscovites into modern flats but has also fuelled concerns about property rights, a year after city authorities provoked an outcry among small businesses by bulldozing many street kiosks.

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An excavator wrecks a wall with an image depicting the World Trade Centre Towers in New York, of an old five-storey apartment building that is demolished as part of the city authorities' project in Moscow, Russia. The Moscow government plans to...more

An excavator wrecks a wall with an image depicting the World Trade Centre Towers in New York, of an old five-storey apartment building that is demolished as part of the city authorities' project in Moscow, Russia. The Moscow government plans to resettle millions of citizens from shoddy Soviet-era apartment blocks. The draft law on renovation envisages moving some Muscovites into modern flats but has also fuelled concerns about property rights, a year after city authorities provoked an outcry among small businesses by bulldozing many street kiosks. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building, which is being demolished. In the 1950s, the Soviet Union began mass-producing cheap, prefabricated housing to accommodate millions of people who had been living in overcrowded communal flats and even in cellars and dugouts dating from World War Two.

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An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building, which is being demolished. In the 1950s, the Soviet Union began mass-producing cheap, prefabricated housing to accommodate millions of people who had been living in overcrowded...more

An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building, which is being demolished. In the 1950s, the Soviet Union began mass-producing cheap, prefabricated housing to accommodate millions of people who had been living in overcrowded communal flats and even in cellars and dugouts dating from World War Two. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A toy house is seen at a staircase of an old five-storey apartment building. The then-Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, said the apartments, with low ceilings and tiny kitchens and popularly dubbed "khrushevki" after him, would be lived in for no more than half a century. Most are still occupied.

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A toy house is seen at a staircase of an old five-storey apartment building. The then-Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, said the apartments, with low ceilings and tiny kitchens and popularly dubbed "khrushevki" after him, would be lived in for no...more

A toy house is seen at a staircase of an old five-storey apartment building. The then-Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, said the apartments, with low ceilings and tiny kitchens and popularly dubbed "khrushevki" after him, would be lived in for no more than half a century. Most are still occupied. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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People take part in a rally to protest against the demolition and urban resettlement project, launched by the city authorities, in Moscow. The banner, which addresses Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, reads "Dismiss (Sobyanin)!"

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People take part in a rally to protest against the demolition and urban resettlement project, launched by the city authorities, in Moscow. The banner, which addresses Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, reads "Dismiss (Sobyanin)!" REUTERS/Nikolai Isayev

People take part in a rally to protest against the demolition and urban resettlement project, launched by the city authorities, in Moscow. The banner, which addresses Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, reads "Dismiss (Sobyanin)!" REUTERS/Nikolai Isayev
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Interior Ministry officers detain a man during a protest against a housing resettlement program, outside the building of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in central Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Interior Ministry officers detain a man during a protest against a housing resettlement program, outside the building of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in central Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Interior Ministry officers detain a man during a protest against a housing resettlement program, outside the building of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in central Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A general view shows the construction site of a residential compound that is being built by the real estate company Krost, in Moscow. Moscow residents are also concerned about the location and quality of the planned new accommodation, a lack of services and infrastructure and about threats the redevelopment may pose to the historic face of the Russian capital.

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A general view shows the construction site of a residential compound that is being built by the real estate company Krost, in Moscow. Moscow residents are also concerned about the location and quality of the planned new accommodation, a lack of...more

A general view shows the construction site of a residential compound that is being built by the real estate company Krost, in Moscow. Moscow residents are also concerned about the location and quality of the planned new accommodation, a lack of services and infrastructure and about threats the redevelopment may pose to the historic face of the Russian capital. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An excavator wrecks a building. Lawmakers in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, voted to approve the housing resettlement program legislation in its third and final reading by 399 votes to two, with one abstention. The upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, will now vote on the legislation once before passing it to President Vladimir Putin for his approval, something he is expected to give.

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An excavator wrecks a building. Lawmakers in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, voted to approve the housing resettlement program legislation in its third and final reading by 399 votes to two, with one abstention. The upper house of...more

An excavator wrecks a building. Lawmakers in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, voted to approve the housing resettlement program legislation in its third and final reading by 399 votes to two, with one abstention. The upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, will now vote on the legislation once before passing it to President Vladimir Putin for his approval, something he is expected to give. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A worker passes a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project launched by the city authorities, in Moscow, Russia. 

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A worker passes a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project launched by the city authorities, in Moscow, Russia. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A worker passes a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project launched by the city authorities, in Moscow, Russia. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building. 

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An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An excavator wrecks a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project. 

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An excavator wrecks a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An excavator wrecks a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building. 

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An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An interior view shows a flat in an old five-storey apartment building. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An interior view shows a staircase in an old five-storey apartment building. 

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An interior view shows a staircase in an old five-storey apartment building. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An interior view shows a staircase in an old five-storey apartment building. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Debris of a building are seen in front of a newly built residential house in Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Debris of a building are seen in front of a newly built residential house in Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Debris of a building are seen in front of a newly built residential house in Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger plays with her cats on the balcony of her apartment in a building to be demolished under the city authorities' renovation plan, in Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger plays with her cats on the balcony of her apartment in a building to be demolished under the city authorities' renovation plan, in Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger plays with her cats on the balcony of her apartment in a building to be demolished under the city authorities' renovation plan, in Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger sits in her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger sits in her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger sits in her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger shows the kitchen of her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger shows the kitchen of her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger shows the kitchen of her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger stands at a staircase outside her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger stands at a staircase outside her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Anti-demolition activist Kari Guggenberger stands at a staircase outside her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Zoya, a local resident who supports the city authorities' renovation plan, lifts a board on the floor while showing her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Zoya, a local resident who supports the city authorities' renovation plan, lifts a board on the floor while showing her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Zoya, a local resident who supports the city authorities' renovation plan, lifts a board on the floor while showing her apartment in a building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Local residents who support the city authorities' renovation plan, gather outside a residential building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Local residents who support the city authorities' renovation plan, gather outside a residential building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Local residents who support the city authorities' renovation plan, gather outside a residential building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A man walks past a residential building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A man walks past a residential building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A man walks past a residential building to be demolished. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An excavator is seen in front of a newly built residential house as it wrecks a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An excavator is seen in front of a newly built residential house as it wrecks a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An excavator is seen in front of a newly built residential house as it wrecks a building, which is part of the old five-storey apartment blocks demolition project. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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