Putin orders to resettle all people living in Magnitogorsk building damaged by explosion

Putin orders to resettle all people living in Magnitogorsk building damaged by explosion
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According to preliminary estimates, that will require about 1.3 billion rubles ($18.7m). The money will come from three sources.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to provide new apartments to all residents of the Magnitogorsk building damaged by the explosion, he said at a meeting with the Cabinet.

 “We must meet them halfway and resettle the whole building. Give new housing to everyone”, said Vladimir Putin, noting that he had been approached by residents on the issue.

He added that this must be done, "despite the examination showing people can still live there."

 “I can relate to the people who choose to live in that place. This all would cost some money. Over a billion, 1.3 billion,” said Vladimir Putin.

He explained that the money could be obtained from three sources: the federal budget and the regional one, as well as probably the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works.

 “They are responsive. Do it in a short time, too” the president concluded, talking to Boris Dubrovsky, the Chelyabinsk governor, who was present at the meeting.

The entrance hall of an apartment building on Magnitogorsk’s Karl Marx Street collapsed in a gas explosion on December 31, 2018; 39 people died.

Earlier, the authorities were planning on giving new housing only to those who lost an apartment in the incident.

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