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Plan to relocate 1.6m Muscovites turns middle-class into protesters

With Putin loyalists in control of everything, opponents feel powerless to stop the demolition of their homes

Ms Shuvalova addressing city residents protesting against the plan to demolish their Soviet-era apartment buildings and replace them with modern high-rises. Ms Guggenberger is second from right.


WHEN he ran for president in 2012, Vladimir Putin wrote that Russia's "middle class has to grow". Kari Guggenberger is exactly the kind of person he had in mind. An IT manager, she fits Mr Putin's definition, "a skilled worker" whose income allows her "a certain freedom" to choose...