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Activists Protest Demolition Of Historic Moscow Railway Depot


Protestors claim a depot at Moscow's Leningrad train station (pictured) is an historic architectural monument.

Protestors claim a depot at Moscow's Leningrad train station (pictured) is an historic architectural monument.

MOSCOW -- Russian activists have protested plans to demolish one of Moscow's oldest railway depots, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Activists from the Arkhnadzor (Architecture Control) movement staged individual pickets in front of the Russian Railways headquarters in Moscow today in protest at plans to demolish the depot at the capital's Leningrad railway station,

The protesters say the decision to demolish the depot is illegal.

Arkhnadzor coordinator Rustam Rakhmatullin told RFE/RL that the building, erected in the 19th century, has been officially designated an historic architectural monument and therefore cannot be demolished before experts rule on its status.

The depot is meant to be razed to make way for the reconstruction of the railway station.

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