V. MEDINSKY: MONUMENT TO PRINCE VLADIMIR IN MOSCOW TO BE INSTALLED BY AGREEMENT WITH UNESCO

Pravoslavie.ru – 10/8/16

Work on the installation of the monument to the Baptizer of Rus’, the holy prince Vladimir has begun on Moscow’s Borovitskaya Square in full agreement with UNESCO, stated Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky.

Responding to journalists’ questions on the initiation of the work in the buffer zone of the UNESCO world heritage site of the “Moscow Kremlin and Red Square,” the head of the Ministry of Culture again noted that “UNESCO, in principle, can neither give permission nor forbid anything,” reports news agency TASS.

“I twice met personally with the Deputy Chairman of the cultural organization. All of the propositions of UNESCO in regards to the reconstruction of the square of Borovitsky Hill, the height of the monument, conducting additional archaeological research, right down to the organization of parking by the monument were thoroughly considered in the designing of this complex by the Kremlin,” reported Vladimir Medinsky.

That UNESCO had no objections to installing the monument at the specified place was stated by the permanent Russian representative to the organization Eleonora Mitrofanova.

For its part, the head of the Department for State Preservation of the Cultural Heritage, the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Tsvetnov noted that “all activities required in accordance with the 172nd article of the guide for the implementation of the convention on preserving world cultural and natural heritage were fulfilled by the agency.”

He underscored that the Ministry of Culture has not received any negative feedback from UNESCO neither on the monument to Prince Vladimir nor on the plans for its installation on Borovitsky Hill.

Note that the monument to the Baptizer of Rus’ will be installed on Moscow’s Borovistkaya Square. According to the latest information it is planned to be installed in 2016 on the day of National Unity, November 4.

Translated by Jesse Dominick

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