In Novosibirsk will discuss the installation in the city a bust of Stalin

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krauledat in fotoreceptorilor. Archival photoIn Novosibirsk will discuss the installation in the city a bust of Stalin© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krajevima the image Bank

Arts Council of Novosibirsk in November, after public hearings procedure again to discuss about the installation in the city of a monument to Joseph Stalin, told reporters on Friday, Chairman of the city Council Alexander Lozhkin.

«Before October 29th are public comment until November 6 should make the decision, the Commission, and after she will direct your Protocol will be assigned a meeting of the arts Council. Somewhere, probably in the first half of November,» he said.

Lozhkin noted that even a decision to install a monument to Stalin in Novosibirsk is still pending. It will be considered accepted after the mayor put his signature in the relevant resolution. Public discussion of three possible locations for a bust — due to the fact that they invited the initiative group of claimants.

«I would note that the procedure of public discussion does not provide a vote. This collection of opinions and proposals of residents of Novosibirsk and Russian citizens. Any citizen has the right to speak for or against the monument, at the place of installation. All suggestions will be considered and evaluated. Of course, first and foremost will be assessed motivated proposals», — he said, stressing that the Council will make the decision taking into account the views of residents.

Lozhkin recalled that in 2016-2017, the city Council ordered a survey of the views of the city’s residents about the monument to Stalin. It had split into three parts: one third of residents were in favor, a third against, and one third didn’t care.

«Personally, I will vote against it. But not because an ardent anti-Stalinist, or the like. I think that it is impossible today to erect monuments to the figures, in respect of which there is no public consent. In this sense, the installation of monuments to such figures as Stalin, Ivan the terrible, even Nicholas II, premature. When we are with you, society will come to a conclusion that this estimated figure is clearly positive or clearly negative, then there will come a time,» he said.

The initiative group of inhabitants of Novosibirsk in the summer of 2016, is actively pursuing the installation in the centre of the monument to Stalin. In September 2016, the arts Council refused the installation of the monument in the Square of heroes of revolution. Stalinists believe that the bust is necessary for the city, as Stalin is «the greatest statesman and politician of XX century, made an invaluable contribution to the history of the country.» The mayor of Novosibirsk Communist Anatoly Lokot has agreed with the arts Council, noting that the monuments must unite people. At the end of September 2017, the arts Council of Novosibirsk for the second time did not support the installation of a monument to Stalin in the two proposed locations, in connection with the initiative, including that supported veterans of the great Patriotic war, established a working group on finding a place where it could be installed.

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