On 27 January, the Russia’s Ministry of Culture replied to the appeal of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia regarding the demolition of the Privalov’s apartment buildings.
The Ministry of Culture informed that the documents of the historic and cultural expert examination which had been
The ministry claimed the submitted documents failed to conform to the requirements of the law on tangible cultural heritage and the expert opinion lacked the attachments necessary to substantiate the complex’s status of the cultural heritage object.
"The lack of substantiating data attached does not give grounds for considering the expert opinion substantiated, impartial, reliable and sufficient to attribute the object to the tangible cultural heritage of federal importance," the ministry’s letter says. Since the merchant Privalov’s apartment buildings complex does not have the cultural heritage object status, "the Ministry of Culture of Russia is not empowered to take any measures in relation to the said objects."
On 19 January, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova addressed Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky with a request to stop demolition of the Privalov’s apartment buildings started on 16 January.