Students blow horns to keep dorms
A group of Moscow music students facing eviction from their college rooms have staged a musical protest on the doorstep of the Kremlin. Students from the famous Russian Gnesinskaya musical academy performed a protest concert near Red Square, claiming the
According to the academy's administration, the evacuation is temporary and necessary on safety grounds. Officials say the students will be allowed to return once the building is refurbished.
The students say this is just an excuse to get them out. They also complain that they haven’t been offered alternative accommodation.
“Four days ago we received notification that we needed to leave our dormitory because it was allegedly dangerous. It's illegal! We'll protest till the end because if we leave we may not be allowed to go back in again,” said one of the students.
Meanwhile, the Chancellor of the Academy, Mikhail Sayamov, said there was a lot of fuss over nothing.
“It's complete nonsense! They just want to attract your attention and use it for their own ends. These kinds of things take place every five years during the chancellor's election. There will be no eviction at all,” Sayamov said.
But the students have not been reassured. They feel their careers are seriously threatened. They hope everything will be resolved, but are preparing themselves for the worst.