In Penza construction investors picketing government participate in protests together with children
Penza, 10 April 2018. PenzaNews. Several construction investors of the housing estate Ternopolsky, who participated in one-person protests near the building of the Penza region government on Tuesday, April 10, took part in the action together with their small children.
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Judging by photos published in the group "Penzastroy, dostroy" on the social network VKontakte, during the day there were at least three little children among the protesters.
For example, one of the photos shows a preschool girl holding the flag of the Homeless Regiment, which united defrauded construction investors. At the same time it can be seen that there is deputy chairman of the regional government Vasily Trokhin, who is in charge of domestic policy, standing behind her near the porch of the building from the side of Kirova street.
As one of construction investors of the company Penzastroy Asya Simukova told PenzaNews, it was a difficult situation her family bringing up two children found themselves in that made her participate in a one-person protest with a small daughter.
According to the woman, together with her husband they bought a flat in the housing estate Ternopolsky in August 2015. In order to do this they had to sell the housing they inherited from their parents and use a governor's certificate.
"We bought a two-room flat because shared-equity construction is cheaper. At that moment finished housing cost 2,800,000 roubles. We bought the flat for 2,300,000 roubles paying to the contractor. [...] The building was planned to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2016," she explained.
Asya Simukova was indignant at the fact that regional authorities including governor Ivan Belozertsev were aware that the company Penzastroy had had serious problems over the last several years and risked not commissioning the housing on time but did not take any measures to prevent the occurrence of defrauded investors.
"Why did general director of the company Penzastroy Valentin Zhuravlev sell the flats then? Why did he treat us, construction investors, in such a way? We have families, children," the interlocutor noted.
She added that currently her family consisting of four people has to huddle in one room of a rented apartment and there is no clarity as to when it will be possible to move to their own housing they had paid for.
"We read the information that nowadays there is no developer at the site, nobody takes interest in us. It is also said that there might be a need to pay Penzastroy's debts and to establish housing cooperatives. We don't even know what to do. [...] We would like governor Belozertsev to influence the situation, we would like to have a developer," the construction investor said.