Irkutsky Reporter: “People cannot simply be thrown out onto the street, be them Roma or Russian.”


About fifty people, including some thirty children, can become homeless in Irkutsk. Back in 2014 Leninsky district court ruled in a case of Irkutsk city administration against two persons that illegal housing (a Roma settlement) on 1st Kirovskaya street should be demolished.

While the court ruling awaits enforcement, Irkutsky Reporter studied the situation of Roma settlers and tried to find out why the houses built some fifteen years ago on a marshy bank of Irkut river suddenly became a headache for city authorities and local dwellers.

Expert of ADC “Memorial” Olga Abramenko commented on the threat of demolition of houses in other Roma settlements.

See full report (in Russian)