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Legendary Aurora cruiser to keep Soviet symbols after repairs

November 24, 2015, 15:10 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

According to an aide to the St. Petersburg governor, the ship a site of cultural heritage and this status allows no exterior changes

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ST. PETERSBURG, November 24. /TASS/. Legendary Russian cruiser Aurora, a symbol of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, will return to the northern port city of St. Petersburg after overhaul wearing the Soviet coat of arms on its stern, a local naval plant spokesman said on Tuesday.

"The decision has been made to keep the [Soviet] symbols," the spokesman said, recalling previous plans to replace them with representations denoting Russia.

Igor Kudrin, an aide to the St. Petersburg governor, said Aurora was a site of cultural heritage and "this status allowed no exterior changes".

The Aurora played a key role in events of October 1917, when the cruiser fired a blank shell signaling the start of the attack on the Winter Place at St. Petersburg. This led to the Bolsheviks seizing power in the then capital.

After World War Two, the Aurora was permanently anchored on the Neva River in Leningrad (now renamed St. Petersburg) and was turned into a museum.

The ship was sent for repairs to the Kronstadt naval plant near Russia's second city in September 2014 and is expected to return next July when Russia celebrates Navy Day.


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