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A highway via Khimki Forest does not resolve the transport problems of Moscow region

Statement by the YABLOKO party

December 9, 2010

Today the authorities may bring to an end the public discussions on the route of the new Moscow-St Petersburg highway: the highway will based based on its original route, which envisages the elimination of Khimki Forest.

The Уadditional public and expert discussionsФ, which should have been held on the instructions of the President to the Prime Minister, turned out to be nothing more than a fiction.

The authorities did not issue any assessments on the alternative routes of the highway. We believe that an expansion in the Leningradskoye highway in the area of the City of Khimki to be the most efficient project here.

In violation of the law, a reserve way of the Leningradskoye highway was built with shopping centres in the 1990s and 2000s.

The resulting transport collapse is today the key argument why the highway should run through Khimki Forest. However, it is obvious that the construction of a paid highway, while maintaining the shopping centres in their current state, will not free up Leningradskoye highway.

Today it is necessary to confiscate from shopping centres plots of land used that they use for parking.

We understand that a reduction of the number of parking spaces will result in reduced profits and losses for shopping centres. However, we think that the comfort of drivers and the state of the environment in Moscow region are more important than the profits of bad faith businessmen, who acquired these extremely profitable plots of land for bribes.

A decision to build the highway through Khimki Forest can only be adopted to benefit corrupt bureaucrats and related businessmen.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
Chair of the YABLOKO party

See also:

Protection of Environment

YABLOKO conducted a picket in support of Yevgenia Chirikova. Press Release and a Video. July 4, 2010

YABLOKOТs picket: УHeads of the Khimki police to trial!Ф. Press Release. July 3, 2010.

Court ruled out Sergei Mitrokhin guilty of disobeying police orders. YABLOKOТs protest action. Press Release. July 3, 2010.

December 9, 2010

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