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Moscow bulldozes 90 illegally-built shops in second wave of demolitions

August 29, 14:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The owners of 77 illegal shops agreed with the buildings’ demolition decision, and 30 of them dismantled their facilities themselves
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MOSCOW, August 29. /TASS/. Nearly 85% of unauthorized constructions on the list of 107 buildings have been demolished in Moscow in a second wave of demolitions dubbed the "night of long shovels," the state property inspection said on Monday.

"As of 10.00 a.m. on August 29 more than 90 out of 107 facilities - that’s some 85% of the total amount - have been demolished," the press service said.

The latest campaign to flatten the makeshift shops located mostly in the city’s southern, southwestern and eastern districts began at midnight. The demolition list was approved by the Moscow municipal administration in late June.

The owners of 77 illegal shops agreed with the buildings’ demolition decision, and 30 of them dismantled their facilities themselves. For voluntarily complying with the order, they will be compensated up to 55,500 rubles ($850) per square meter by the city.

"The one-time dismantling of these structures is the wisest means to protect citizens from potentially dangerous facilities and to cause as little inconvenience to them as possible," the press service said.

One of the shops located near the Kropotkinskaya metro station in downtown Moscow posed a serious threat which could have caused a water supply line to burst, potentially flooding the subway, chief engineer at Mosvodokanal Mikahil Vdovin said.

The first wave of mass demolition of illegally built structures began this February, with 103 stores having been dismantled then, with most close to subway stations. In the coming months, the city authorities will draw up a third list of premises to be torn down.

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