Russian gas giant Gazprom plans to build its new HQ in St Petersburg. Most citizens and professional architects are vehemently against the project, which would see the erection of a supertall skyscraper right next to St Petersburg’s historic city centre. The tower, Okhta Centre (also known as Gazprom City), would ruin the city’s unique skyline.
When the project started in 2005, Gazprom agreed with St Petersburg’s city government that they will share costs. Because of street protests and the financial crisis, the city government cut budget spending on the project. Yet Gazprom still intends to go ahead with the project and build the tower.
The public movement against Gazprom City is collecting signatures from people concerned about St Petersburg’s future. The movement is asking for the international community to join its effort. Please sign the petition against the Okhta Centre at http://bashne.net/ (“Bashne net” translates as “No to tower.”)