In mid-May, thousands rallied in the Russian capital protesting the anticipated demolition of some 4,500 or more Soviet-era low-rise apartment blocks. The so-called “Khrushchovki” are named after Communist party leader Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Several of the buildings are in a somewhat dilapidated state. A 3.5trn rouble (£47.5bn) project is set to replace the Khrushchovki and others with new high-rise blocks.
When I first meet him near Euston station in central London, the Norwegian architect Haavard Tveito is carrying a copy of Ernest Cline’s dystopian novel Ready Player One. The book is set in the year 2044, and tells the story of how people have turned to a virtual reality simulator, Oasis, to avoid facing the poverty, pollution and societal problems that contaminate the real world. When I put it on, I find myself sitting opposite a woman in a grainy armchair.
Over the past few years, as more and more Russians go online, the government has banned various platforms and blocked millions of websites, targeted individual social media users, and increased its own surveillance powers. A particular uptick has been seen since March, when thousands of people protested across Russian cities in the biggest and most widespread demonstrations since 2011.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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