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Kiev Mayor nixes Controversial Hotel Plan

30. September 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

Leonid Chernovetsky, the eccentric mayor of Ukraine’s capital city, has recently decided to cancel a proposed plan to build a hotel on the site of the notorious 1941 Babi Yar massacre.

The massacre, a dark chapter in Ukraine’s history and the single largest massacre in the history of the Holocaust is today memorialized by several monuments around the Babi Yar ravine.

The plan, approved last week by Kiev’s city council had come under fire by not only Jewish groups but also Ukrainian historians and the world media. The news was broken on the initial plan by Sergey Melnik, a Kiev Councilman who opposed the plan approved by 67 deputies. On Saturday, Chernovetsky cancelled the Hotel, citing the lack of investors as one of the reasons.

The Babi Yar Hotel, planned to be a three-star establishment, was to be built on the main killing field of the Babi Yar massacre in time for the Euro 2012 soccer competition to expand the city’s infrastructure to meet the requirements of the UEFA.