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Moscow City Duma Approves Controversial Development Plan


The General Plan for Development of Moscow, or Genplan, maps out a massive construction boom until 2025.

The General Plan for Development of Moscow, or Genplan, maps out a massive construction boom until 2025.

The Moscow City Duma has approved in a third and final reading a controversial 15-year development plan for the Russian capital, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

In the assembly dominated by the ruling United Russia party, 27 deputies voted for the plan and three opposed it.

The General Plan for Development of Moscow, or Genplan, maps out a massive construction boom until 2025.

Critics insist it will destroy Moscow's historic neighborhoods and increase the transport gridlock.

They also accuse Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has run the capital for nearly two decades, of greed and indifference.

Supporters say the plan went through a scrupulous review process, and that Muscovites themselves were given a chance to comment on the project.

Last month, the Genplan prompted a rare confrontation between city officials and the Public Chamber, a state oversight body that attacked the plan.

A group of activists rallied outside the Moscow City Duma building today, calling for a revision of the Genplan.

with contributions from RFE/RL correspondent Kevin O'Flynn and agency reporting
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