Vladimir Lukin: Return of Dzerzhinsky monument to Lubyanka Square “unacceptable”

posted 9 Feb 2014, 12:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Feb 2014, 02:02 ]
6 February 2014

Source: HRO.org (info)
Rosbalt, citing Interfax, has reported that federal human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin believes returning the statue of the founder of the Soviet secret police, Feliks Dzerzhinsky, to Lubyanka Square would lead to public protests.

"I dread to think what would happen if the monument was put back on Lubyanka Square – there would be a permanent picket line, and indeed I myself would happily join their ranks,” said Lukin.

"In times like these it would be something akin to madness to immortalise the memory of someone who played such an active role in this blood-soaked chapter of our history,” added the Ombudsman.

"There are various options for redeveloping the site. I believe that the Solovetsky Stone is all that is needed, since it allows people to remember the monstrous repressions which took place during Soviet times and which claimed the lives of many of the best sons of our nation,” said Lukin.

The possible return to Lubyanka Square of the monument to Feliks Dzerzhnisky was mooted on 5 February, when Lev Lavrenov informed the Moscow City Parliament’s Committee on Monuments that a proposal to this effect would be discussed at a future meeting.

"The parties who submitted the proposal have called for the Dzerzhinsky monument to be re-erected on Lubyanka Square. Their proposal will be examined at the Committee’s meeting on 11 February. Even if the Moscow administration decides in favour of the proposal, however, approval will still need to be granted by the national government, since the monument is of federal significance,” said Lavrenov according to RAPSI.

Translated by Joanne Reynolds