The study shows that unchecked development and lax preservation laws are putting many of the city's historic properties could be demolished.
"Of course, Moscow residents doesn't need a report to tell them that their city's architectural patrimony is in danger any more than they need a weather advisory to tell them there's snow on the ground in February. They need only look out their windows. The city's brutal climate takes a toll on anything that stands outdoors. But the larger threat might just be rapacious developers, lately deterred by the economic downturn but typically contemptuous of anything that might stand in their way, including Russia's poorly enforced preservation laws."