Ad Astra (2019 –)
Astrakhan city is one of the centers of former Eurasian civilizations. It’s sutuated in the delta of Volga, the main river of the European Russia. Astrakhan is perhaps the most international point on the Russian map. Tatars, Russians, Armenians, Kalmyks, Greeks, Iranians — there is no other place in Russia with such a powerful ethnic and cultural mix.
With the collapse of the USSR, Astrakhan region became another region with a low standard of living. The only thing that remains the same in the administrative center, except for people and fishing, is the antique architecture.
In the spring of 2021 it came to the light that the city authorities plan to declare more than 2,200 homes in Astrakhan — or Astra, in popular parlance — as emergency. So, in the future, they are subject to demolition. These houses are mainly built in the XIX century and they has been forming the face of the city for a long time. If the giant plan really happens, then Astrakhan will become a typical regional center with a bunch of identical nine-story buildings.
And although some people don’t believe the information on the demolition, most residents are against. They want to save not only their homes, but also the magical charm of the entire city.