In Russia there is a city that is slowly down: “the house unfit for habitation”

The city of Berezniki was built in Soviet times directly into the salt mines that in the 2000s, on their walls affected badly in 2007-2016, the city formed a total of five major failures. They got from local residents nicknames, like “big brother” or “funnel”. The largest pit reaches the depth of 100 meters and has a diameter of nearly a mile.

The old shaft was taken to a depth of one school, cut the railroad and wagon, but despite this, casualties among the population almost was not. The city government resettled citizens from areas called unsafe for habitation. But forced relocation is slow.

Residents remain in the dark

According to the only independent newspaper “Novaya Gorodskaya Gazeta”, thousands of apartment owners has not provided the city the necessary documents for the move.

In the basement of a multistory building, he gathered a group of people who don’t want to move.

One of them, Yuri Elin moved out of the house, which was considered dangerous to stay. Others ahead of the first crossing: city government several months ago said that the house is uninhabitable. These people do not intend to move.

“The city administration has not provided us with evidence that the house to live dangerously. Only, perhaps, reports of researchers,” explains Elena Burova.

According to Burawoy, the lack of evidence is suspicious, because only one side of the building declared dangerous. Tenants of apartments from the second end to move out no need. But for an unwillingness to move, there are other reasons: for example, good neighbors, convenient location and an alternative proposed by the city — a residential complex “Sunny”.

Not money, but the apartment

Residential complex “Sunny” is a half hour drive from the city centre. In the middle of a windy field built ten two-storey semi-detached houses, which are drawn up new apartment buildings.

Semi-detached house was originally built for residents to urgently move to a new apartment, but soon staying in them was considered a threat to health. Residents urged to relocate. The house remained empty.

“When we started to see the failures of relocating residents paid first posited the payment, — says Artem Danny, a lawyer defending the rights of tenants forced to move. — Now, in practice, tenants are forced to move out of town, in residential complex “Sunny”.

“First, no money. All spent on the construction of new houses and settlement,” explains Danny.

“On the other hand, the city authorities are afraid that if people get money, they will be able to completely leave the city.”

Such freedom would give residents the opportunity to vote with their feet. A multistory building may remain empty as semi-detached houses in front of them.

The appearance of such monuments to mistrust city officials don’t want to.