The mayor of Novosibirsk has offered to discuss with residents the installation of new monuments


RIA Novosti

NOVOSIBIRSK, Aug 11 — RIA Novosti. The mayor of Novosibirsk Anatoly Lokot said that the installation of any monuments should be preceded by broad public discussion.

On Friday the initiative group on installation of a monument to Joseph Stalin in Novosibirsk announced that it has applied to the authorities and to the Prosecutor with the requirement to demolish the newly established, but already damaged by the vandal of the monument to Emperor Nicholas II and Tsesarevich Alexei. Group members claim that the monument was erected on owned by the Novosibirsk region land illegally, without the necessary approvals.

“Radical views from any edge threat… My goal is to avoid collisions, to prevent a split in Novosibirsk. And when certain supporters-proponents of certain views say, “only our should be accepted, and all others are bad” is wrong… It can lead to serious consequences,” the mayor told reporters, commenting on the requirements of the initiative group.

He noted that “the debate debate”, but he tries to pursue a policy in interests of the majority of Novosibirsk to maintain stability.

“Make the decision to install those or other characters considered necessary after extensive discussion and taking into account the views of the majority of Novosibirsk than we do,” said the mayor.

Monument to Emperor Nicholas II and Tsesarevich Alexei opened on 16 July in Novosibirsk (until 1926 was called Novo-Nikolaevsk) at the Cathedral named after Alexander Nevsky. In the Archdiocese noted that the monument to Nicholas II it was decided to build “pursuant to the recommendation of the Holy Synod” and on the initiative of citizens. In the mayor’s office said that applications for the installation of a monument to the city was received and the monument can be put only on the territory of the ROC.

A little more than two weeks, on the night of August 1 a local resident with an axe damaged the piece of sculpture. Police he did not explain the reasons for the action, a criminal case.