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The controversial reconstruction of Kyiv’s historical Andriyivsky Uzviz took a further twist on April 10 when buildings owned by Rinat Akhmetov, the country’s richest man, were demolished.

The destruction caused uproar, bringing hundreds of Kyivans onto the street in a protest outside the office of Akhmetov’s System Capital Management holding on April 11.

By April 12, Akhmetov had backed off plans to build a multistory business center in the buildings’ place, promising instead to build a cultural center and restore the facades.

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