MOSCOW, February 23 – RIA Novosti. The monument to Alexander Nevsky, if it turns out to be worthy from an architectural point of view, could be installed on Lubyanskaya Square in Moscow, such a sculpture would help “restart” the history of this area of the capital, says sculptor and author of the Rzhev Memorial Andrei Korobtsov.
“Lubyanskaya Square, it seems to me, is asking for some kind of architectural dominant. There should be something in the center of the square,” Korobtsov told RIA Novosti.
In his opinion, the fountain, which at one time was on the Lubyanka, can no longer be its architectural dominant. “The square has changed too much to return it there,” the sculptor believes.
As for the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky, it would look on the square, Korobtsov noted. But the figure of Alexander Nevsky is also worthy, the sculptor believes. When considering this option, it should be borne in mind that the Lubyanka has its own historical “aura”, added the agency's source.
“Of course, with a decent performance of the figure of Alexander Nevsky, one could probably try to” restart “the history of Lubyanka Square,” Korobtsov said.
Earlier, a number of writers, bloggers and journalists appealed to the Moscow government with a request to return the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky to Lubyanskaya Square (after the August events of 1991, the monument was dismantled from the pedestal near the KGB building and later installed in the Muzeon park). The head of the Moscow City Duma Commission on Culture and Mass Communications, Yevgeny Gerasimov, told RIA Novosti that the decision to return the monument to Dzerzhinsky in Lubyanka should be made taking into account the opinion of Muscovites.
Deputy Chairman of the Public Chamber of Moscow Alexei Venediktov told RIA Novosti that the vote on the installation of the monument on Lubyanskaya Square will be launched on February 25 at several sites – on the basis of the “Active Citizen” and the sites of various media outlets. He clarified that there will be two options – a monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky or Alexander Nevsky.