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To Amanda Levete.

According to your website,  AL_A develops designs that you envisage to be complete urban solutions, not just buildings and projects that express the identity of an institution, a city or a nation. However, your present partnership with an ADG Group is violating such principles as it involves destruction of a building which is an integral part of a key project reflecting the history and cultural heritage of urban projects from Soviet-era Russia.

On 17th of September 2019, the demolition of the Ulan-Bator Cinema building was started. This building is an integral part of 9th quarter of Novye Cheryomushki; which was a pilot and exemplary sub-district build in 1956-1959 in Moscow in Cheryomushki district near the 60th Anniversary of October Street. This quarter was built to try out new planning approaches of sub-districts, as well as new types of apartment buildings and flats. The projects implemented in this quarter later formed the basis for model series of 5-storey and 9-storey houses of the ‘Khrushchev Period’.

The whole 9th quarter is a historical and cultural heritage. In 2012 it was officially recognized as a highly valuable project for the evolution of the city. However, its status as being a cultural heritage has not been recognized object by the Moscow city authorities.

An operetta was even written by Dmitri Shostakovich about this quarter.

The new building which is planned to be erected in the place of the cinema, is twice as high and twice larger in floor area. The culture function is being reduced from 100% to 30% with the additional 70% being dedicated to retail.

When they became aware of the plans of the so-called ‘reconstruction’ of the cinema, residents, with the support of the Municipal Deputies of Akademichesky District and the Public Council of Akademichesky district started a campaign to save the cinema. More than 2’000 people have signed the petition not to demolish the old building but to renovate it and make suitable for real public usage not for retail.

Many violations in the procedures of planning approval, and in the building project itself which violates sanitary standards, fire safety regulations and other norms were discovered. An exit road for emergencies connected with fires, and a loading road is located on a private property – on private land belonging to an adjacent apartment building. A playground and land belonging to the territory of an apartment building is now being categorised as falling into the sanitary protection zone of the new building, which clearly restricts the usage. No new parking lots are envisaged, and this will cause serious parking problems in nearby streets. A large grocery store inevitably means noise from loading and unloading in the night and early morning. All this makes life miserable for residents.

But all of these violations have been ignored by the Moscow city authorities. Unfortunately, the principal that ‘money talks’ and corruption have allowed ADG Group to start demolition despite residents’ outrage and the monstrosity of the methods being used to develop this project.

ADG Group is constantly making references in its publicity that the architectural concept has been developed by Amanda Levete Architects e.g. here, here and here. In our view, this is an attempt to use the name and reputation of your company to cover illegal development practices. This could lead to a reputational risk to your company.

We consider that any innovation in urban projects should be done with a respect to the past, history, culture, and human rights. So, we believe that the historical building of Ulan-Bator cinema should be restored to its original size and form, and returned to 9-th quarter of Novye Cheryomushki.

Participating in this project along with ADG Group is a crime. A crime against history, culture, and human rights.

So, we ask you to publicly express a position on this topic and withdraw the right of ADG Group to make references to your company.


You can also sign this letter. Already signed by:

  1. Aksenov Fedor, head of Public Council of Gagarinskiy district
  2. Aronova Evgeniya, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  3. Balasanova Liliya, artist, member of Moscow Union of Artists
  4. Bozhko Anton, coordinator of Independent Electoral Commission of Akademicheskiy district, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  5. Degtyarev Andrey, PhD, Mossovet Deputy in 1990-1993, expert of The Union of Russian Cities, indigenous moscovite
  6. Dontsova Irina, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Akademicheskiy district
  7. Fahmi Yasmin, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Gagrinskiy district
  8. Glazko Evgeniy, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Gagrinskiy district
  9. Glazkova Lubov, the founder of Russian national opera award «Onegin»
  10. Goryunov Ilya, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  11. Gritskevich Viktor, architect, member of the Union of Moscow Architects (UMA)
  12. Ignatova Vera, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  13. Il’yushina Margarita, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  14. Kashpar Marina, media planning specialist
  15. Kezin Mikhail, deputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Ostankinskiy district, head of Municipal district Ostankinskiy
  16. Khananashvili Mikhail, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Akademicheskiy district
  17. Khananashvili Nodari, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Akademicheskiy district
  18. Khoroshilov Vasiliy, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Akademicheskiy district
  19. Kirshenin Konstantin, member of the working group of the State Duma of Russian Federation on protection the rights of residents during implementation of the Renovation programme
  20. Kirshenina Olga, psychiatrist, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  21. Kiyatkina Nadezhda, coordinator of Cherished Meadow Park project, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  22. Kochina Vera, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district, member of the working group of the State Duma of Russian Federation on protection the rights of residents during implementation of the Renovation programme
  23. Korda Nina, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  24. Kruchkova Anastasiya, member of the working group of the State Duma of Russian Federation on protection the rights of residents during implementation of the Renovation programme, resident of Donskoy district
  25. Kuba Snopek, architect and researcher, author of the book “Belyayevo Forever”
  26. Kulandin Denis, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  27. Luchkina Olga, the chairman of Apartment Building Council, the secretary of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  28. Mikeladze Nataliya, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  29. Mikeladze Vahtang, USSR and Russian firm director, Honoured art worker of Georgian SSR (1979), Lenin Komsomol Prize laureat, Komsomol Honorary Badge winner, laureat of International Leipzig Festival for Documentary Film XXVI, Honoured art worker of Russian Federation, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  30. Ol’shevskiy Alexander, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  31. Omel’yanenko Oksana, member of Public Council of Gagrinskiy district, co-chairman of the Union of Gagarinsky district residents
  32. Perrote Anna, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  33. Petrov Andrey, IT-specialist, indigenous moscovite
  34. Poletaeva Nataliya, the Chairman of Council of apartment building at 60th Anniversary of October Street 27k2
  35. Poletaev Sergei, business owner
  36. Printseva Aza, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  37. Remizova Evgeniya, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Basmanniy district, head of Protection of the Cultural and Historical Heritage committee at Council of Municipal Deputies of Basmanniy district
  38. Rusakova Elena, the chairman of Council of Municipal Deputies of Gagrinskiy district, head of Municipal district Gagrinskiy
  39. Shefer Margarita, deputy chairman of Council of Municipal Deputies of Akademicheskiy district, acting head of Municipal district Akademicheskiy
  40. Shumilina Elena, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  41. Sidorov Pavel, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  42. Smekhov Leonid, Senior lecturer at IBS RANEPA
  43. Sobyanina Irina, PhD, director of non-profit organization «Humanitarian centre of Irina Sobyanina», resident of Nagatino-Sadovniki district
  44. Strazhenkova Irina, music critic, member of Moscow Composers’ Union
  45. Tikhomirova Tatiana, art critic, member of the Union of Gagarinsky district residents
  46. Titarenko Elena, art critic, journalist
  47. Tolkachev Grigoriy, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Gagarinskiy district
  48. Trifonova Evgeniya, PhD, member of Public Council of Akademicheskiy district
  49. Vasandani Tatiana, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Akademicheskiy district
  50. Velikanova Marina, architect, Head of technical regulations and rationing department of National association of members performing engineering surveys and design documentation (NOPRIZ)
  51. Yurieva Lada, psycologist, civil activist, resident of Akademicheskiy district
  52. Zuev Yuriy, duputy of Council of Municipal Deputies of Gagrinskiy district

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