Moscow to Vote on Restoring Soviet Secret Police Founder’s Statue

Voters will decide what statue to place at the former KGB headquarters building that now houses the Federal Security Service (FSB).Alexei Zotov / TASS

The Moscow Civic Chamber plans to launch a citywide vote next week on whether to restore the statue of the Soviet secret police’s notorious founder 30 years after it was toppled, its senior member announced Friday.

The monument to “Iron” Felix Dzerzhinsky, who headed the Cheka secret police following the 1917 revolution, was removed from the KGB headquarters with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It currently stands in the open-air Fallen Monument Park an hour’s walk south of the building that now houses the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Nationalist figures including writer and party leader Zakhar Prilepin asked municipal authorities earlier this month to restore the “Iron Felix” monument, arguing in an open letter that its teardown was illegal.

A cross-platform online vote will offer a choice of bringing back Dzerzhinsky or erecting a statue of Alexander Nevsky, the 13th-century Novgorod prince who defeated German invaders, said Alexei Venediktov, the Civic Chamber’s deputy chairman.

Residents of the Russian capital will be able to cast their votes in the blockchain e-voting platform called “Active Citizen” or via media outlets’ websites starting next Thursday, according to the Podyom news channel. Moscow city councillors will also reportedly get to vote on whether to bring back the “Iron Felix” monument.

The vote will run for one week until March 5 and will only include two choices because the others — to build a fountain or leave Lubyanka Square as is — were not received as proposals, Civic Chamber chairman Konstantin Remchukov told Interfax. 

Venediktov, who is also chief editor of the liberal Ekho Moskvy radio broadcaster, wrote on social media that he “abstained” from the Civic Chamber vote on launching the Feb. 25 online poll.

A number of public figures came out in opposition to restoring the “Iron Felix” monument, including Russian Orthodox Church leaders who called the move “a show of historical amnesia.”

“It’s a symbol of the creation of a repressive system, a service that has crushed the fate of millions of innocent people,” said Boruch Gorin, spokesman for Russia’s Federation of Jewish Communities.

“Restoring the monument means rehabilitating the era and the people who created it,” Gorin told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

(c)MOSCOW TIMES 2021

5 comments

  • англійський масон

    Erect another statue to glorify the nazi state.

    You lucky comrades, not too much longer and you’ll be in the USSR, no need to worry about where to work, live, eat, vote, marry, holiday or die. The state will take care of all that.

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  • “People of the city of Moscow, we know our country has no history that we’re proud of and we know you’re tired of hearing about WWII. So, would you like a monument to a fascist torturer from 100 years ago, or would you like a monument of a Ukrainian 13th century prince that we claim is Russian?”

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  • Felix Dzerzhinsky,,,,,,,,,,,,The First Fascist…………..Mass Murderer……………..Yes, off course he deserves our love, says Russia.

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  • Mafia land has brought forth many a piece of filth in its history and Dzerzhinsky is one of the filthiest. But, the filthiest of filth is good enough for a place like mafia land.

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  • Leader of the so-called “DNR” Denis Pushilin ordered to issue food festive sets to veterans of the Second World War and the war in Afghanistan in connection with the memorable days. This was said in his “decree”. The category of beneficiaries includes mainly combatants in World War II 1941-1945, as well as veterans of the Afghan war. According to the decree of the “DNR” leader, the “festive set” in a plastic bag should include 2 packs of sugar, 6 cans of canned fish and meat, 100 grams and 200 grams of tea, cereals, 2 bottles of sunflower oil and 2 cans of condensed milk. In addition, according to the occupation authorities, the veterans deserve a little less than three kilograms of pasta and 4 cans of canned peas and corn.

    news from occupied donbass…………….

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