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Monument of Wooden Architecture Illegally Demolished in Omsk
15.10.2007 16:32
Monument of Wooden Architecture Illegally Demolished in Omsk

A wooden architecture monument dating back to the early 20th century has been secretly pulled down by builders in the very centre of the Siberian city of Omsk.
      The age-old mansion with a tower, carved windows and onion cupolas was registered among the protected architectural monuments of the Omsk Region.
      The monument was destroyed by the Russian and Turkish Building Company and the Agro-Trust Corporation while constructing a business office centre.
      Sergei Plotnikov, director of the Agro Trusts fundamental building department, declared to journalists that the monument had been in a miserable state and burnt down by itself; as for the logs, they were carried away by some persons unknown to their homes.
      Yet, Omsk journalists saw the Agro Trust builders laying charred thin logs on the ruins. More than that, as a matter of fact the mansion was made of 300 to 400 year old pines and larches from 40 to 50 cm thick; so the local dwellers just could not physically carry away so many thick logs.
      The Russian Federal Surveillance Service for Compliance with the Law in Mass Communications and Cultural Heritage Protection has started investigating the circumstances of the demolition of the monument.


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