Kanstantsin Zhukouski asks Homel procuracy to check the legality of the dismantling of old houses

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Kanstantsin Zhukouski

Kanstantsin Zhukouski

The civil activist Kanstantsin Zhukouski applied to the Tsentralny District Prosecutor's Office of Homel with the request to check the legality of the dismantlement of the wooden houses in Valatouskaya Street.

These houses are examples of a unique wooden architecture, characteristic for the southeastern part of Belarus. Citizens have repeatedly tried to turn the attention of the authorities to the need to save these houses and give them the status of historical and cultural heritage. However, at the end of November the dismantling of the houses started.

The activist attached a video of the process of dismantling to his application.

“I have an answer from the Ministry of Culture, which witnesses that the procedure of consideration of assigning the status of historical and cultural heritage was being conducted towards houses #23 and #25 in Valatouskaya Street, which automatically prohibits any actions which could inflict harm to these houses. The video witnesses that the dismantling was conducted with numerous violations of the building norms and rules, as well as the rules of urban maintenance – the construction site was not fenced off, garbage was lying everywhere, a lamppost was undermined and could fall any time do harm to the health and property of citizens. The construction site was not fenced off and set in conformity with the legal requirements. I ask You to conduct a check-up on this fact and punish the guilty,” writes Kanstantsin Zhukouski.

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