Putin will take part in the opening of the monument to Prince Vladimir

The ceremony with President

In the national unity Day, November 4, Vladimir Putin may take part in the opening ceremony of the monument to Prince Vladimir, established on the Borovitsky hill opposite the Kremlin, said three sources close to the presidential administration, a source in the Russian military historical society (RVIA), which initiated the installation of the monument. On the participation of the President in the opening ceremony of the monument said a government source: “Identifies the format of the event and participants of the presidential administration,” — said the source.

According to two interlocutors close to presidential administration, it is expected that on 4 November the head of state will lay flowers to the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, then attend the opening at the Manezh exhibition “Orthodox Russia — the Day of national unity. Russia — my story. 1945-2016”. A source in the organizing Committee of the exhibition said that the invitation sent to Putin: “We wait.”

It is expected that after the exhibition, the President will participate in the opening ceremony of the monument to Prince Vladimir, said two sources close to the Kremlin, and the source of RVIA. “Already, the organization (the opening ceremony. — ) oversees the administration of the President. All controls of the Federal security service”, — tells a source in the RVIA.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov did not respond to a request regarding the participation of Putin in the opening ceremony.

The monument to Prince Vladimir will be blessed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, said on Monday “Interfax” with reference to the head of the Patriarchal press service Alexander Volkov priest.

The leaders of the faction led by the speaker

It is expected that participation in the opening ceremony of the monument will take the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, said a source in the lower house of Parliament. It is planned participation of the Secretary General Council of “United Russia” Sergei Neverov, his representative said. According to the Deputy of the state Duma from the Communist party Alexander Yushchenko, the event is going the leader of Communist party Gennady Zyuganov. The leader of just Russia Sergey Mironov will participate in the opening of the monument, said the head of the Central party apparatus Ruslan Tatarinov. Vice-speaker of the state Duma from LDPR Igor Lebedev said the party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky has not yet received an invitation to the opening of the monument, but if such an invitation arrive, he will certainly go.

It is also expected that the ceremony will be visited by public figures and cultural workers, said the source close to the organizers of the event. In particular, he said, invited the widow of the writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn Natalia, artist Ilya Glazunov, the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, all the members of the presidential Council on culture and arts and the Council on the Russian language. The ceremony will be short, scheduled a few performances, said the source .

The controversial monument

The idea of installing the monument to Prince Vladimir on Borovitskaya square appeared at the city hall, after the former project is the construction of the monument opposite the building of Moscow state University caused displeasure. A petition to transfer the project signed by more than 60 thousand people. The government eventually postponed the installation of the monument.

In August 2015, the city authorities suggested the Muscovites to choose a new location for the monument — the Borovitsky hill, charge or Lubyanskaya square where formerly stood the monument to Dzerzhinsky; the options were posted on the online platform of the city hall “Active citizen”. Won the project of the monument on the Borovitsky hill, but he, like the opposite project of Moscow state University, did not suit many members of the public and experts.

The main critic of the project was the world heritage Centre of UNESCO. In January of this year, the organization said that it is wrong to consider the area between Pashkov House and the Borovitsky gate of the Kremlin as “an empty space that can be filled without urban planning”. UNESCO has warned that the refusal of consultations on the development of the historical landscape and failure to comply with the requirements of the Convention for the protection of the heritage can lead to consequences for Russia in case of adverse developments, the Kremlin could lose the status of world heritage site, is not excluded in UNESCO.

The Russian side States that it took into account all recommendations of UNESCO, and in what form it is better to install a monument on the Borovitsky hill. So, the height of the pedestal was eventually reduced from 25 to 17.5 m including the length of the four-meter cross was declared an international competition for the improvement Borovitskaya square and announced the results, said the Director of the Department of state protection of cultural heritage Ministry of culture, Mr Representative. In addition, the Moscow authorities have agreed with UNESCO and that, in addition to the improvement of Borovitskaya square, you need to enter this place in a single pedestrian route along the Kremlin.

In mid-October, the Director of the world heritage Centre Mechthild Ressler has asked the Russian authorities to submit the final report as recommendations on the organization. The Ministry of culture promised to provide the answer Ressler in the near future.

The procession at the Kremlin

In the national unity Day in Moscow held a March and rally with the participation of deputies and members of the public supporting the policy of the Kremlin. In 2014, after the annexation of Crimea, the event was attended by the leaders of all Duma factions. In 2015 the rally was a Gennady Zyuganov, the Communist party, a year earlier, agreed to join the Pro-government event, refused to do so in an election year.

This time the March and rally on the slogan “We are one!” also will be held without Zyuganov, said Yushchenko. According to him, the Communists on 7 November will hold their own event in honor of the anniversary of the great October revolution.

Expected to take part in the action and Neverov, said his representative. Come leaders of LDPR and “Fair Russia” Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Sergei Mironov, said their representatives.