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Russian region to put on display ‘Museum of USSR’ project in New York

January 15, 2013, 7:46 UTC+3

This project won Russia’s Gold Brand in the competition of the country‘s best tourism brands

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ULYANOVSK, January 14 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Ulyanovsk region is to put on display the ‘Museum of the USSR’ project at the New York Times Travel Show, the regional government’s press service said on Monday.

The New York Times Travel Show 2013 is scheduled to be held in New York on January 18 through 20.

“A unified national pavilion set up by the Federal Tourism Agency will represent the Russian Federation. The ‘Museum of the USSR’ brand is included in the exposition at the invitation of the agency and is of special interest for visitors inside this country and in the world as well,” Oleg Asmus, the regional economics minister, said. “At the show, the Ulyanovsk region will demonstrate this important project as well as tourism and investment capabilities of our region to international experts and the world’s tourism community.”

The Ulyanovsk region’s ‘Museum of the USSR’ project won Russia’s Gold Brand in the competition of the country‘s best tourism brands.

The project envisages the creation of the museum in the centre of the city of Ulyanovsk, specifically the Vladimir Lenin Memorial Centre and a complex of buildings surrounding it, the Friendship of Peoples Park and the Square of Lenin's 100th Anniversary.

Vladimir Lenin was a revolutionary who led the Bolshevik takeover of power in Russia in October 1917, and later was the architect of the Soviet Union and its first head.

The designers suggest reconstructing the Soviet-era period in detail with the help of newly upgraded information and interactive technology. The reconstruction will embrace everything from the scientific basis for the Soviet regime to some peculiarities of the mode of life and culture. In fact, a corner of the USSR might be reconstructed here with an effect of ‘returning’ into the Soviet era to get familiarized with the epoch closer and in detail.

The Museum of the USSR in Ulyanovsk might become “a new ideological symbol capable to reconcile epochs and help cultural and ideological integration on the post-Soviet space,” Ulyanovsk Region’s Governor Sergei Morozov said last December during the discussions of the project.

“The 100th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s formation on December 30, 2022 should become a milestone for the processes around the creating of the Museum of the USSR. We are speaking of a large-scale project, that’s why the terms for its fulfillment should be appropriate,” the governor said then.


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