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Rare Rublyovka protest erupts

by at 24/02/2012 19:09


Home to the Russia’s rich and famous, the famed Rublyovka area, saw a rare sign of discontent from its wealthy residents who staged a protest yesterday over Moscow’s expanding borders.

Locals call for the area to be turned into a nature reserve, and not a home to an international financial center, which has been planned by the government for one of the villages in the vicinity.

High-rise developments and thousands of officials will unavoidably destroy the beautiful landscape, the protesters fear.


Village protest

Some soviet intelligentsia, journalist Alexander Lipnitsky and director Vladimir Grammatikov joined a protesting crowd of 250 people in a rally titled “We are against the upcoming high-rise ecological disaster in the Moscow region.”

The number of the protesters could have been even more, if one of the organizers, Sergei Fonton, had not mistakenly called for protesters to gather in another different village, Kommersant reported.

Pop queen Alla Pugachyova and Oscar-winning film director Nikita Mikhalkov joined over 1,000 other people, who live in villages scattered along the Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse, in signing a letter to President Dmitry Medvedev asking him to grant a preservation status to the area. But neither Pugachyova nor Mikhalkov turned up at the rally on Thursday, according to the business daily.


Home of movers and shakers

Living in Rublyovka has been associated with power since the Soviet era after the country’s then leader Joseph Stalin and his closest allies picked the area for their residencies outside of the city.

Current Russian leaders, president Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are also residing in the area, together with other high-placed officials, pop stars, actors and businessmen, among others. 

Long-time Rublyovka resident, vice-president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Igor Yurgens has been living here for 20 years, and is ready to fight for the place.

“If we don’t do anything, I guarantee, high-rise developments will be scattered all around these fields,” he said. “If we fight, there is a chance,” Kommersant cited him as saying.

But it’s not only preservation of the beautiful landscape that worried the protectors, as posters with slogans that more residential developments in the area would worsen the traffic situation were also seen at the protest. 


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