The prosecutor’s office declared the demolition of the monument to Dzerzhinsky on the Lubyanka in 1991 illegal

The Moscow prosecutor’s office has declared the dismantling of the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky on Lubyanskaya Square illegal. This is reported by TASS with reference to the statement of the head of the organization “Officers of Russia” Sergei Lipovoy. 

According to Lipovoy, the organization turned to the Prosecutor General with a request to verify the fact of the legality of the demolition of the monument. 

According to the response received from the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office, which carried out an inspection on behalf of the RF Prosecutor General’s Office, it is absolutely clear that the “Officers of Russia” are completely right, and there were no legal grounds for dismantling the Dzerzhinsky monument on Lubyanskaya Square. 

The monument to Dzerzhinsky on the Lubyanka was dismantled in August 1991 after the failure of the State Emergency Committee coup. Later, the Moscow City Council decided to move the sculpture to the Muzeon Park on Krymsky Val. 

In recent years, discussions have been repeatedly raised in Russia about the advisability of returning the monument to Dzerzhinsky to Lubyanskaya Square. 

In February, a vote was held in Moscow on the installation of one of two monuments on Lubyanskaya Square – to Dzerzhinsky or to Prince Alexander Nevsky. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin stopped him on the second day of the poll, saying that it was turning into “a confrontation between people holding different views.” 

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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