No Hyde Park planned in Luzhniki, Bolotnaya Square

The Moscow authorities are inclined to build an analogue of Hyde Park in the city's Gorky Park and Sokolniki, a source from City Hall told Interfax on Thursday.

"The ideology of developing the capital city over the next few years implies a transformation of parks into centers of socio-cultural life," the source said. For this reason, construction of a Hyde Park in Bolotnaya Square and Luzhniki is ruled out, he said. No formal confirmation of this information has been made available to Interfax. 

Plans to build a analogue of London's Hyde Park in the Russian capital were discussed at a meeting of a working group including representatives from the Moscow City Hall on Thursday.

The meeting attendees will decide how to plan the work for the creation of the Hyde Park further, Moscow Department for Regional Safety Director Alexei Mayorov told Interfax. "We will propose a possible solution to this issue," the official said.

On July 2, Mayorov told Interfax that Moscow will have an analogue of London's Hyde Park, where it will be possible to stage political protests, as early as this fall. Four locations are being considered: Luzhniki, Gorky Park, Sokolniki and Bolotnaya Square, the Moscow official said at the time.

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