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Prince Vladimir Statue Location Set

The Vladimir Statue
Courtesy Evge-Chesnokov

The Moscow Duma has decided on the location of the much talked about Prince Vladimir statue, a memorial to Russia’s patron saint. People's Artist of Russia, sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov’s (image below with Vladimir Putin) towering work is to stand on a hill between Mokhovaya Street and Manezh Street, near the Borovitsky Gate of the Kremlin.

Somewhat controversial, the location of the Prince Vladimir statue has also been hotly contested as far as locale is concerned. The city Duma received many proposals to change the installation location of the monument, but the initiators of the project, the Russian Military-historical Society - offered Borovitskaya Square. This location is also the chosen place citizens voting online at the RVIA website chose in the project “Active Citizen”.

Salavat Shcherbakov
Salavat Shcherbakov with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the unveiling of the Alexander I statue (Vladimir Putin personal website)

For those unfamiliar, Vladimir the Great or the Grand Prince was a warlord who became the first Russian ruler to convert to Christianity in the late 900s. This was the origin of the Russian Orthodox Church. Interestingly, Prince Vladimir is also the patron saint of Ukraine, founder of city of Belgorod, saint to Roman Catholics as well as Orthodox Christians, and the hero of innumerable Russian folk ballads and legends, which refer to him asKrasno Solnyshko (the Fair Sun). 

By 980 Vladimir had consolidated the Kievan realm from modern-day Ukraine to the Baltic Sea, solidifying the frontiers against all his enemies. Originally a follower of Slavic paganism, Vladimir converted to Orthodox Christianity in 988 then Christianized the Kievan Rus'.

At the end of the 13th Century, Prince Vladimir was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church as equal to the apostles of Christ. His day of worship is celebrated July 28th.