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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minister Agitated by Sculpture Plans

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi has urged the Moscow city government to take extreme care in its plans for the stainless-steel sculpture, "The Worker and the Collective Farm Girl," Interfax reported.

Plans to create a parking lot on the site of the sculpture in front of the All-Russia Exhibition Center and to put the sculpture in a new place next to materials not available when it was created in 1937 should be carried out very carefully, the agency quoted Shvydkoi as saying.

"'The Worker and the Collective Farm Girl' is of great significance; it is a symbol of the whole nation," Shvydkoi said.

Plans to demolish and then reconstruct the Moskva hotel on Manezh Square, an architectural monument that also dates to the 1930s, also concerned the minister because it is closely connected to the World War II period, the report said.

"It's one of the symbols of Moscow," Shvydkoi said.