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Court Rules on Okhta

The Constitutional Court has rejected a lawsuit opposing the construction of Gazprom’s 403-meter-tall Okhta Center skyscraper in St. Petersburg but ruled that such construction projects must comply with Russian and international laws, Kommersant reported Thursday.

Critics claim that the Okhta Center violates international regulations on world heritage because it will ruin the skyline in the historical part of the city.

The Constitutional Court’s decision obliges lower courts, which have thrown out all lawsuits against Okhta so far, to take these regulations into consideration, the report said.

Gazprom denies violating regulations with the skyscraper.


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