Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reportedly backs efforts by the UN cultural agency to halt construction of a glass-and-steel skyscraper in St. Petersburg's historic center.
The leading Russian daily "Kommersant" today quoted a letter from a Kremlin aide instructing St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko and other officials to take note of UNESCO's call for the building to be halted or scaled back.
The planned 403-meter tower is set to house state-run gas giant Gazprom's offices by 2016.
Supporters, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, say the $3 billion project will help revive the city's economy, but the plans have caused an outcry among local residents and opposition parties.
compiled from agency reports