Construction company ‘MAGNUM’ (‘МАГНУМ’) that won the construction tender have started the works in the MSU Park. Those are just first stages.
Photos from: mossovet.tv/posts/9883
Formally, this park does no longer belong to the territory of MSU: in 2013, Rector Victor Sadovnichy transferred the territory to the Gorky Park (‘Парк Горького’) . Let us remind you, previous Head of World Cup Organisation Committee Alexey Sorokin and Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich solemnly swore that the MSU will not be damaged by the fan zone. Same promises were made by all local authorities involved in the organisation of the event.
The situation once again confirms: one cannot believe the empty assurances of officials even if they hold positions in government or committee. The stories of ” University advertising “, ” lack of noise “, ” Soundproofing ” and ” minimizing inconvenience ” actually turn into new rounds of destruction. The Fan Zone should be moved as far away from the University as possible.
We appeal to the Municipal Deputy Council of the Gagarinsky district and the district of Ramenki asking to draw the attention of the police, prosecutors and the government of Moscow to the disastrous logging in the park
 Echo of Moscow radio, Alexander Rappoport (https://echo.msk.ru/blog/echomsk/2188876-echo)
On the afternoon of 28th of April students of Moscow State University (MSU) and High School of Economics (HSE), as well as the other universities along with professors and locals, joined their hands to form a 300-meters long human chain in front of the main building of MSU to protect the university from the humiliation of the FanFest. We are grateful to the authors of the idea of the action and to all who came — this is an impressive gesture of solidarity and a signal to officials: the academic community will not silently tolerate neglection of the interests of education and science and defying students opinion.
There were several police cars in the area since this morning, and the internet has been shut down during the action, including mobile service (cellular repeaters of several mobile operators are located on the steeple of the main building of the MSU).
Police, plainclothesmen and the provost of MSU Alexey Stepanov demanded students to leave immediately due to the “concert for veterans” holding at the main building of the MSU. However, the only sign of a concert was the patriotic music coming from speakers on the porch of the building, but without any participants. Overall, it went peacefully, no one was detained.
The fight to relocate the fan zone (Fan Fest) continues!
Students and employees of MSU are fighting to relocate the FIFA 2018 World Cup Fan Festival fan zone away from the Sparrow Hills for almost a year — since May 2017, when the initial plans for the location were released. During the summer and autumn of 2017, students started with lawful appeals to all possible state institutions, and in February 2018 the started a protest. The campaign is coordinated by the Initiative Group of students and employees of MSU (IGMSU).
While campaigning, students and employees of MSU:
Head of the organising committee for FIFA World Cup 2018 Arkady Dvorkovich made a comment to the media that he agreed on the location of the fan zone with the students. That is not true. Our position is very strict: fan zone should be not be located on Vorobyevy Gory or anywhere near the Moscow State University.
Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime-Minister, said he will ‘search’ for alternatives during the meeting with students and that was the only that was agreed on (we have the audio record of this meeting). Neither 300 metres away from the Main Building nor any other option near the University is not appropriate for us.
Everything related to an agreement about fewer fan capacity or plus 300 metres from the University is absolutely untrue as well. This is not our demand and this plus 300 metres were already included in the initial plan.
Recently, we made several comments to the media to debunk all the lies
On the 3rd of April 2018, the Deputy council of the municipal district Ramenki considered the issue of the necessity to change the location of the fan zone and the FIFA Fan Festival of the World Cup 2018 from Vorobyovy Gory (Vorobyovy hills) to another place and decided to submit a claim to President V.V. Putin, mayor of Moscow S.S. Sobyanin, FIFA President G. Infantino and all the major sponsors.
Copy of the protocol decision of the Deputy council of the municipal district Ramenki is here: http://dl.igmsu.org/ig/upload/deputy_council.doc
The full statement and press-release can be found on their official website http://www.ramenki.su/
Students urge FIFA sponsors to take the Fan Fest away from the University
On March 26, students and alumni came with placards to Moscow headquarters of the FIFA sponsors. They protest against organizing FIFA Fan Fest right next to their university.
The Moscow State University community urges to change the location of the FIFA Fan Fest that is currently planned right next to the Main Building of MSU. The massive event for 25 thousand fans threatens the educational and research processes as well as the 6, 5 thousand inhabitants of the dormitories.
“Enjoy elsewhere” “MSU without Fan zone – I’m loving it” “Nothing’s impossible? Can you take the fan zone away from MSU?” — those were the slogans of the pickets in front of Moscow headquarters of FIFA sponsors.
The Initiative group of MSU sent letters to 10 FIFA sponsors. The group emphasizes that using the University building as a commercial decoration and ignoring the opinion of the community is bad publicity. The Festival near campus “will cause the discontent and may provoke the students’ protest actions”, — warns the letter.
6 protest pickets took place in front of Moscow head offices Coca-Cola, Adidas, McDonald’s, Visa, Gazprom and Alfa-bank. No executives came to talk with the protesters, however, the employees who heard about the issue for the first time showed spontaneous solidarity agreeing that university campus is surely no the place for the festival.
The Initiative group has already appealed to the FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the FIFA Ambassadors but got no answer. Over 4, 5 thousand paper signatures were left at the offices of MSU President V. Sadovnichy, V. Putin’s Administration and mayor’s office this February.
The initiative group says they will continue to protest and fight until the location of the fan zone will be changed. “The current location is a humiliation to the whole academic community”, — say the students and alumni.
We want to inform you that FIFA requirements for Fan Fest are violated, especially criterias “Best Location”, “Proven Venue for Public Events” and “Easily Accessible”.
Vorobyevy Gory is a quiet park, almost adjacent to the University Campus, it is not touristic and connected to the city’s accommodation infrastructure (1.5 – 2 km from closest metro station) and is NOT RECOGNISED BY CITIZENS OF THE HOST CITY AS A MASS EVENTAREA.
Moreover, the organising committee did not take into consideration opinions of the nearby inhabitants, which does not comply with “Respect” and “Responsibility” criterias of World Cup 2018 Strategy.
We also send an open letter to Deputy Prime-Minister Arkady Dvorkovich to relocate the Fan Fest based on evidence of FIFA requirements violations.
Full text of Event Manual with requirements can be found here.
On March 11, 2018