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High Commissioner protected housing rights of citizens residing in territory of Baikonur

04 June 2018
High Commissioner protected housing rights of citizens residing in territory of Baikonur

The High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation pays particular attention to the protection of citizens’ housing rights. For three years, the federal ombudswoman has worked on the issue of providing housing to Russian citizens living next to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The state support for citizens in need of removal from the territory of Baikonur has not fully resolved the problem because of the discontinuation of funding for the program since 2015 and because of the limitation on the number of persons — participants in the aforementioned sub-program.

Given the significance of this situation, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation paid special attention to that problem. Representatives of the High Commissioner’s Office visited Baikonur to examine the situation, and the violation of citizens’ housing rights was confirmed. The federal ombudswoman suggested that the Government of the Russian Federation should solve that problem through the development of the federal target problem for removal of citizens from the territory of Baikonur.

In 2017 State Space Corporation "Roscosmos" prepared a draft decree of the President of the Russian Federation "On providing citizens of the Russian Federation in need of removal from the territory of Baikonur with accommodation on the territory of the Russian Federation".

On May 18, 2018 the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree "On the provision of social benefits to certain categories of citizens of the Russian Federation, subject to resettlement from the territory of Baikonur". It was the result of more than three years of work of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation with federal executive bodies and the State Corporation "Roscosmos".

The Government therefore will allocate 250 million rubles to Russian citizens for house purchasing in Russia. It will allow resettling of more than 150 families from the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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