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Russian compatriots to place monument to WWI disabled people in Washington

October 18, 2013, 3:21 UTC+3
The funds for the monument were raised thanks to the implementation of the Northern Cross projects
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NEW YORK, October 18 (Itar-Tass) - A monument to disabled people of World War First that will be the only one in the world will be placed in the United States. The monument will be unveiled to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War First (on August 1, 1914). “A monument will be placed on a square in the city of Washington,” President of the society of Russian compatriots in America “Northern Cross” Yuri Sandulov, who initiated the project, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“This bronze statue was made by St. Petersburg sculptor Mikhail Zvyagin. This is a statue of the soldier in the uniform torn to pieces that is sitting on the wheeling chair,” Yuri Sandulov said.

The funds for the monument were raised thanks to the implementation of the Northern Cross projects over the publishing of books and postcards, which popularise Russian history and culture among Americans, some part of funds were donated by Russian compatriots.

“We succeeded to raise more than 10,000 dollars,” Sandulov said. “Mikhail Zvyagin, whose pieces of sculpture are exhibited at the State Hermitage Museum and other major Russian museums, accepted with all heart to make the monument,” he noted.

The statue is already sculpted and is located in St. Petersburg. The Northern Cross delegation will go to Russia in next few days to bring it to the United States.

The Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation and the Russian Orthodox Church give support to enthusiastic initiators of the project to implement it.

 

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