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September 2007

Just when we thought we could forget about Guardian Moscow correspondent Luke Harding’s hackburgling habit, along comes the following juxtaposition from a reader in London. Is Harding unaware that his stuff sounds like everyone else’s, or does he just not care?

Reuters, August 31, 2007

UNESCO gives St Petersburg tower “yellow card”

St. Petersburg is at risk of being placed on UNESCO’s list of endangered world heritage sites because of a plan to build a skyscraper near the historic centre, a senior official with the UN body said yesterday.

Russian state-controlled gas firm Gazprom wants to build a glass-and-steel tower nearly as tall as Paris’s Eiffel Tower near the centre of Russia’s second city. The plan has caused an outcry, with critics saying the project will ruin the city’s low-rise skyline of canals, cathedrals and Baroque mansions. (more…)

September 14th, 2007 | Leave Comment