Early Soviet Monuments.

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A few of the monuments (along with the Obelisk to Revolutionary Thinkers which was removed early this month) that were part of the early Soviet Monument Plan ratified on 12 April 1918 by the Council of People’s Commissars decree on the “removal of monuments, erected in honour of tsars and their servants and the elaboration of monuments of Russian Socialist Revolution” (On Republican Monuments). Interestingly one of the major figures involved in this plan was a former student of Auguste Rodin, Leonid Vladimirovich Shervud (or Sherwood) who was also the architect of one of Crimea’s most symbolic buildings: the Swallows’ Nest.

Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, inaugurated March 1919 in Petrograd.

Leonid Vladimirovich Shervud (Sherwood), a pupil of Rodin, who helped implement the Lenin plan of monument propaganda

Sherwood’s ‘Chasovoy’ (The Sentry)

V. A. Sinaisky’s monument of Heine

Mikhail Fedorovich Blokh’s monument to the Red Metal Worker.

The Unveiling of the Danton monument captured on film ;

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I am a translator, language teacher, independent film scholar who is interested in many aspects of culture. I have my own blog on Russian and Soviet cinema at http://giuvivrussianfilm.blogspot.com and I have also written for journals such as Film Philosophy and Bright Lights as well as Ribbed magazine. Outside of film my interest runs to language, politics, literature and my world is centred around the Meditteranean, Russia, Southern Ukraine as well as the UK.

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