Ukraine: In order to build "elite" apartments, the Russians demolished an entire neighborhood in Mariupol


Russian construction workers have begun to completely dismantle the Russian-occupied Azovia neighborhood in the city of Mariupol, including undamaged houses, to build "elite" apartments, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol said. Petar Andrishchenko, published

"In the spring, Moscow builders close to the Russian federal government will start building 'elite economy-class apartments' as part of the Mariupol real estate program," Andryshenko said. He did not specify where he got this information from.

Russia's two-month siege of Mariupol has left most of the city's 450.000 residents in Donetsk region in ruins.

In the past few months, Russia has started using bulldozers to demolish the destroyed residential buildings, which has been criticized by numerous human rights organizations, who see the move as an attempt to cover up war crimes. It is believed that some of them still contain the remains of murdered people.

In December, Russia dismantled part of the Drama Theater that served as a shelter for the city's residents when Russia shelled it on March 16, killing up to 600 people hiding there. Andryshenko said the new Russian demolitions will leave many residents without homes.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation, run by jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, reported in December 2022 that Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov can profit from construction in Mariupol. The ministry hired the same companies to build houses in the devastated Russian-controlled Mariupol and paid Ivanov's bills for building materials for his private villa.

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