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KAZAN, February 3 (Itar-Tass) – The house in Kazan, where Russia’s prominent singer Fedor Shalyapin was born, may be demolished, regional department of the protectors of history and culture monuments told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
The two-storey building, where the Shalyapins lived, is situated in the city’s central part. The house’s new owner, as Tatarstan’s presidential aide Olesya Baltusova said, refuses to undertake obligations to protect the building. “During the upcoming reconstruction, the owner plans to leave only the fa·ade,” she explained.
Presently, the case is considered by the court, where the sides are the new owner and the republic’s Ministry of Culture. The owner was happy to spend one million roubles for an expertise, which announced the building’s only historic value is that of the fa·ade.
“The city’s cultural community plans to protect the cultural places, which are connected with the name of Fedor Shalyapin,” Director of the museum at Kazan’s Medical University Alfiya Tutayeva said.