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Sergei Mitrokhin: Moscow Mayor Sobyanin must sack Chief Architect of Moscow who advocates abolishing of public hearings

Press Release

January 15, 2013

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin expressed his satisfaction with the call of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to the deputies of the Moscow City Duma to preserve the institute of public hearings on different construction and development projects in Moscow. Earlier, the Public Advisory Council of Political Parties under the Moscow City Duma severely criticized the amendments introduces by the ruling United Russia and targeted at cancelling of public hearings.

Mitrokhin also noted that the "attempt to cancel public hearings has clearly revealed the utter incompetence of the Moscow City Duma which is ready to obey any orders from the Moscow government, no matter how senseless and harmful for the Muscovites it could be".

Sergei Mitrokhin also added that the Mayor should immediately dismiss Sergei Kuznetsov, the new Chief Architect, who in September 2012 said that participation of Muscovites in public hearing would be inefficient. "This has revealed his ineptitude and professional incompetence".

In the Moscow City Duma of the previous convocation the YABLOKO faction made the city parliament adopt detailed regulations for public hearings. Article 68 of the Construction and Development Code of Moscow specified on the terms of warning the residents, meetings of participants in public hearings, etc.

Due to this norm only last year Muscovites managed to thwart such harmful projects as redevelopment of the Izmailovsky Park and senseless broadening of Komsomolsky Prospekt.


See also:

Protection of Environment

Human Rights



Press Release

January 15, 2013

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