When the Soviets got the power in 1917 they came to the conclusion that religion is like opium, and they had to do away with it to rehabilitate all people. They started to demolish churches physically. Youth was reeducated in a new way. Thus, in the late Soviet times, they were shown
various western concerts like Pink Floyd on TV right during the main religious holidays. Vergers were even arrested sometimes and not only the Orthodox ones but the Jews as well. It was out-and-out war, one of the first episodes of this war is described here.
This house became a victim of the demolition program and the owner was offered 4 millions rubles for that. She refused and wished to have 10 millions ... Later there was a court and the house was valued for 1 million 960 thousand rubles. The owner
refused even more and decided to bring into Strasbourg Court. The house, in its turn, decided not to wait for the court - it was flooded and whelmed with sand because of sewage breakout. Now the owner will probably agree ...