State Duma deputy’s apartment burned down after voting against bill on renovation

State Duma deputy’s apartment burned down after voting against bill on renovation
Sergey Shargunov

The bill was developed in order to simplify the implementation of the the Moscow authorities' demolition program (about eight thousand houses) and the resettlement of approximately 1.6 million people.⁠

Deputy of the State Duma from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Sergey Shargunov said that the next day after he voted against the adoption of the bill on renovation in Moscow at a meeting of the lower house of Parliament, a fire broke out in his apartment. The deputy notes that it was arson, and at the time of the fire in the apartment there was his father.

"You are asking about the arson of the apartment, which happened the day after the vote in the first reading against the renovation law. The fire went from the balcony on the 7th floor, possibly smashed the glass and something was thrown in. My father was saved by a miracle. The firemen managed to save the other two rooms," the deputy said in Facebook.

The bill on renovation was heard in the first reading in the State Duma on April 20. Shargunov was one of four deputies, who voted against the adoption of the document. At the same time, out of 402 deputies present at the meeting, 397 voted to adopt the draft law.

The bill on renovation was submitted to the State Duma on March 10. It is designed to simplify the implementation of the Moscow authorities' demolition program for about eight thousand homes and the resettlement of approximately 1.6 million people. The document, meanwhile, was immediately criticized by the expert community because of the vague wording.

The renovation program was announced after the meeting of Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin with Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 21. Tentatively, the program is designed for 20 years. It is estimated at 3.5 trillion rubles ($61bn). At the same time, the source of funding has not yet been clearly defined. It is only known that for the first three years of the program 300 billion rubles ($5.2bn) will be allocated from the city budget.

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