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History Through the Eyes of Three Monuments

Author: Natalya Beskhlebnaya
Translation: Eugenia Sokolskaya
Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Jan/Feb 2017
Page 39   ( 8 pages)

Summary: In which we look at the history of Russia through the eyes of three very different monuments in the capital: Pushkin, Dzerzhinsky & Vorovsky.


When new busts of Joseph Stalin started popping up in Russia in 2015, one might have thought people had seen it all. But 2016 marked a new era in modern monument history. First, a monument to a different tyrant, Tsar Ivan the Terrible, appeared in Oryol (see page 46), and, unlike Stalin, the medieval murderer was being honored in this way for the first time. Second, a giant monument to Prince Vladimir – the official symbol of Christian Rus’ and President Putin’s namesake – was unveiled just across from the Kremlin (see page 47).

While no one knows yet where this is all going and what role the new monuments will play in Russian urban life, we decided to look back at a few famous monuments that have become symbols of past eras.

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