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When I first read this news, it didn't at first. Maybe there's some error? Bad joke? Absurd joke?
But no, all right. Pulkovo Observatory leave from-under Peter over developers and, more importantly, the officials agreed on the draft of the new LCD. So ruled the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Within 5 years of astronomical observations will be transferred to other bases in "astroklimaticheskih more favorable conditions." What will become of the historic buildings of the Observatory is not yet clear.
it Turns out that the government of St. Petersburg issued a permit for construction on the site of the Pulkovo Observatory in 2014. But this is actively resisted scientists, and the St. Petersburg city defenders. They twice failed to recapture their land in the courts – district and city.
But in may 2018, the Supreme court sided with developers and the authorities of St. Petersburg.
the territory of the future residential "Planetograd" is 1 km from the property Pulkovo Observatory. This is a huge project is 240 acres and 2.1 million square meters of housing. Developers are going to 2023 to invest nearly 102 billion.
When it comes to such money, the Russian science abruptly ceases to be interesting to anyone, be it the Supreme court, the Governor of St. Petersburg or the Federal government, which almost all come from Peter.
the Observatory appeared on the Pulkovo heights near St. Petersburg under Tsar Nicholas I, in 1839.
During its existence, the Pulkovo Observatory has continued to operate only in the Great Patriotic war, when the building complex was bombed by Hitler's air force, and the ensuing recovery period. Yes, even in the years of Stalinist repression been openly "Pulkovo business", in which the staff of the Observatory was accused of fascism and shot.
Now the enemy does not bomb St. Petersburg and its suburbs. Scientists repressed by the KGB are exposed less frequently. But the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko has allowed developers to drive scientists out of their home. Astronomers are forced to move, to be able to continue observing.
that's all you need to know about Russia today refers to the science and history.
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