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Huge Prince Vladimir monument to be unveiled next to Moscow Kremlin

September 08, 2015, 19:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier, the 25-meter statue featuring the Prince with an Orthodox cross in his hands was supposed to overlook Moscow from Sparrow Hills, the capital's highest point
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MOSCOW, September 8. /TASS/. A monument to Kiev Prince Vladimir, who baptised Russia some 1,000 years ago, will be located in Moscow’s Borovitskaya square next to the Kremlin, the City Duma’s commission for monumental arts ruled on Tuesday.

The majority of the commission’s members supported the decision.

Earlier, the 25-meter statue featuring the Prince with an Orthodox cross in his hands was supposed to overlook Moscow from Sparrow Hills, the capital's highest point, with its back to one of the famous Stalin skyscrapers, Moscow State University.

However, the Russian Military-Historical Society urged the Moscow authorities to find a different location for the statue as the land in this area was unstable.

In August, 62% of Muscovites have supported the idea of placing the 330-tonne statue of Prince Vladimir in Borovitskaya square.

Lubyanka Square, the former home of famous statue of Bolshevik revolutionary "Iron" Felix Dzerzhinsky, got 32% of the votes.

The third location, Zaryadye, a historical district of Moscow, got 6%

More than 300,000 Muscovites took part in the vote.

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