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UK world monuments expert pans 'high cost' of Moscow's heritage destruction

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The London branch of the World Monuments Fund has joined the increasingly urgent calls to save Moscow's architectural heritage.

The organisation has sounded a clarion call over the 'high cost' of new development in the Russian capital.

It claims that more than 1,000 buildings have been demolished in the city over the last five years and that the city's architecture is 'under threat due to an ongoing building boom and some of the highest property prices in the world'.

Clem Cecil, founder of the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society said: 'Moscow has been transformed since the fall of Communism from a grey socialist city into the shiny flagship of Russia's new capitalist regime.

'This has come at a high cost to its built heritage. The transformation of Moscow and the ongoing threat to its buildings is a fascinating insight into the state of Russia today.'

SAVE Britain's Heritage secretary Adam Wilkinson has also vociferously defended the preservation of Moscow's architectural heritage in the past.

Cecil is due to deliver a lecture on the subject with Alexei Leporc - an architectural historian and curator at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg - on 23 February at the Royal Geographical Society.

by Rob Sharp

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