Lenin and Stalin monuments to appear in Moscow after long break

Monuments to the leaders of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, including Lenin and Stalin, will appear in Moscow, executive director of the Russian military-historical society Vladislav Kononov told reporters.

“Lenin’s monument will be the first one of its kind to appear in the post-Soviet period,” said Kononov.

Besides the busts of Lenin and Stalin, there will be a monument to Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Boris Yeltsin.

The opening ceremony of the eight new busts is scheduled for September 22. It will be attended, among others, by Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medina and Naina Eltsin, the widow of the first president Boris Eltsin.

The “Avenue of the Rulers” has existed since May 2017. Previously, there appeared monument to Tsar Ivan the Terrible, which caused controversy in the society. Now the initiators of the installation are also expecting mixed reactions, but stressed that it is not done “in favor of some political conditions, but to remind people that we had such a history”.

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