Demolitions in Moscow draw protests

MOSCOW – Russian activists and political commentators have criticized Moscow authorities over the late-night destruction of buildings and shops around the city.

The Moscow mayor’s office said that 97 “unauthorized constructions” were demolished Monday.

These included buildings and shops — and also kiosks selling items from ranging from pastries and flowers to trinkets and kebabs.

Muscovites vented their displeasure on social media sites on Tuesday. They used hashtags such as “Moscow,” ”apocalypse,” ”demolition” and “ruin” in the captions of pictures of the demolished kiosks.

Mayor Sergey Sobyanin says the owners of the demolished structures will be offered rental properties elsewhere in the city.