The last shelter in Ukraine of the writer Sholom Aleichem will be demolished in Kyiv

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UA-Times journalists got to know about this from the response of the Holosiivskyi district state administration in Kyiv. Officials, in particular, note that the reconstruction of the historic building is “impractical”.

What do we lose?

The wing of the homeowner E. Khrzhanovska, which is now located at:  Saksaganska Street 25B, was built between 1900 and 1909 and is part of the family estate, which, in addition, includes three other historic buildings. The central house of the site was an apartment house, similar to a modern hotel. It was here, in the apartment №4, the prominent Kyiv Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem (born Solomon Rabinovich) lived and worked.

The estate on Saksagansky Street became the last refuge of the Kyiv period of the artist, because after pogroms that began in the city in October 1905, the writer had to leave Ukraine forever. Perhaps the yard on Saksagansky, where the writer continued to work on one of his most famous collections of short stories “Tevye the Dairyman “, became for him the last living memory of Ukraine in general and of Kyiv in particular…

A little history

After the procedure of nationalization of property in 1920, the estate, where Sholem Aleichem works, together with the already mentioned wing, became the municipal property of the city. The house survived World War II without destruction and survied the conflagration in the city, first after the retreat of the Soviet army, and later the German. During the Soviet period, ZhEK (local building-utilities administration offices) and a children’s art group located here, the remaining 4 out of 5 apartments were inhabited by residents.

Sholem Aleichem monument in Kyiv

In the 1990s, a new stage in the life of the house began – an extension appeared on the outside of the building, the entrance was renovated, and one of the apartments was converted into offices.

Demolish “together with people”

And then really strange things start happening to the house. On January 12, 2010, the executive body of the Kyiv City Council (Kyiv City State Administration)  adopted Order № 7 “On the construction [??] of a residential building at Saksaganskoho Street 25B in Holosiivskyi district.” That is, on the site of the house where people still live at that time!!?

Just a while ago, the house on Saksagansky Street had no noticeable defects. Source: Wikimapia

Based on this order, the Holosiivskyi District State Administration (hereinafter – Holosiivskyi Regional State Administration) is already relocating all residents of the building to new housing at the expense of the city. Moreover, the last order of the Holosiivskyi Regional State Administration on resettlement dates back to February 15, 2013…

Condominium association without members

And four years later, in June 2017, in a de jure evicted and abandoned house, there is a condominium “Saksagansky”, which according to state registers, created by co-owners of the house. “That is, by the Kyiv City State Administration itself, at whose expense the resettlement was carried out,” you can think. However, no – in fact, the owner of the house is an association of long-displaced residents, and the director of this shell corporation is a famous capital lawyer Sergei Kostyanchuk, founder of the law firm “Shabalin and Kostyanchuk”. However,  still no one take care of the house…

The actual owner of the house is Kostyanchuk’s condominium. Source: opendatabot

A little earlier, namely in May 2016, again at the expense of the city budget,  public utility company “Kyivzhitlospetsekspluatatsiya” conducts an examination of the load-bearing structures of the house and comes to the conclusion that they are completely unsuitable. That is, according to the documents, the condominium was actually actually registered in a house that had not been used for a year!

“Inconsiderable” house

The house on the street was brought to unusable condition. Saksaganskogo Street, 25B was on the balance of condominiums for another 4 years. However, the public utility company managed by the lawyer could not achieve any success in its service. On the contrary, on September 9, the Holosiivskyi Regional State Administration signed an order № 420 “On recognizing a residential building № 25-b on Saksaganskoho Street as emergency”.

Another apartment of Sholem Aleichem in Kyiv was demolished in 2003. Source: Internet

The legal basis for such a decision by the state administration was the above-mentioned conclusions of public utility company “Kyivzhitlospetsekspluatatsiya” about the “unsuitability” of the premises for operation. Surprising and at the same time hurting the wording of officials, which sounds like a sentence to the entire historical heritage of the capital: “The surveyed house is of little value and low-rise, so the reconstruction is impractical.”

At the same time, the conclusions of the utility company about the “inferiority” of the building contradict the provisions of the Law of Ukraine “On Protection of Cultural Heritage” (hereinafter – the law). In particular, the territory of the estate on the street. Saksagansky is part of the Central Historical Area of ​​the city of Kyiv, and therefore the issue of “value” of an object is decided by a special authority, which according to the law is the Ministry of Culture. According to Art. 32 of the Law, high-rise construction is prohibited here, and any urban development within the area must be agreed with the authority.

Read also: “Historic house where Simon Petliura worked destroyed in Kyiv without permits

Translated by Yevheniia Ivanova

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