I’m here to live
Sortavala is a Russian city located on the border with Finland. Many Finnish buildings have been preserved there, some of which have the status of an architectural monument.
Nina Boyko lives in one of these houses for 44 years, in an old wooden house 24 on Kirovstreet. Locals say that the house was built about 100 years ago and belonged to a complex of churches that burned down during the Second World war. But there is no exact information about it in the city’s archives, other than that it was built before 1936. In the 80s, the house lost its status as a monument due to technical errors during restoration.
About 10 years ago, the local authorities first made repairs to the house according to the requirements of the residents. And after that, they recognized it is in run-down. Now they want to demolish it.
The house is located in the center of the city and the local authorities need the land on which it stands.
The house is divided into 4 parts, each one is a separate apartment. All the residents, except Nina, have already been evicted, she is the only one who remained to fight for the apartment and the land that she owns. She is confident that her house is in acceptable condition, although it needs restoration work. And despite all the courts and attempts to forcibly evict her, Nina says that she will not leave her old house, because she just can not let it be demolished.
Local authorities want to move Nina to an apartment building on the outskirts of the city, built with multiple violations of technology. Although it was put into operation only a year ago, all the walls of the first floor are already covered with mold.