The Russians are going to vote to decide the fate of the monument on Moscow’s Lubyanka Square, opposite the former KGB headquarters (currently FSB).
Felix Dzerzhinsky or Alexander Nevsky?
From February 25 to March 5, 2021, the Active Citizen website will hold a vote regarding the monument on Lubyanka Square in Moscow.The background of the story is as follows. In December 2020, Officers of Russia organisation appealed to Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov with a request to evaluate the legality of the demolition of the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky. The monument by Yevgeny Vuchetich was dismantled on the square after the failure of the August putsch in 1991. The public organization initiated the procedure to return the monument to Lubyanka (the monument is currently located in Muzeon Park).On February 19, members of the Council of the Public Chamber of Moscow supported the the idea of the survey among Muscovites to find out their opinion about which historical persona should be dominant on Lubyanka Square. Representatives of the Moscow administration told TASS that they were ready to consider this proposal.Two personalities were offered to choose from: Felix Dzerzhinsky and Alexander Nevsky (a proposal from the museum community), Public Chamber chairman Konstantin Remchukov said. No one offered the “fountain” that had been the centrepiece of the square until 1936.
“We decided that the purity of the genre is as follows: we received two proposals, and we are submitting these two proposals for discussion. Otherwise, we do not have a mechanism to pick other candidates,” he said.