Prosecutor’s office declares gas station construction in St. Petersburg’s parks to be illegal

Construction had been allowed by order of City Building and Architecture Committee in February of this year. The Prosecutor’s office took Greenpeace’s side, forcing the City Building and Architecture Committee chairman to stop breaking the law. On February 5th, 2007 the very same committee published order no. 122, confirming the temporary bylaw for building gas stations in St. Petersburg, in recreation areas that have city parks, gardens, squares. The order violates the Russian Federation City Building Code and St. Petersburg law on protecting areas of vegetation, since recreation areas are meant strictly for relaxation.