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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Forum on Ponds Scheduled

The Moscow city government's chief architect, Alexander Kuzmin, said Monday that a final decision on a proposed Bulgakov monument at Patriarch's Ponds will be made at a public forum in mid-March, Interfax reported.

Local residents have fiercely opposed the erection of a series of statues by artist Alexander Rukavishnikov. The protesters say that the monument to writer Mikhail Bulgakov, which includes a 12-meter-high statue of a primus stove and Jesus seemingly walking on the water of the pond, would destroy the serenity of the area.

As a result of the protests, Rukavishnikov has said he does not want the primus to be placed on the pond, Kuzmin said.

The city will still make the final decision, and although Kuzmin, who co-authored the plan with Rukavishnikov, said the statues require "serious discussion," he appeared to prejudge the outcome of that discussion by saying the overall dimensions of the work, including the statue of Jesus, would not change.

He added that work has stopped on building a pumping station for the primus.

General repair work and cleaning of the pond is still continuing, Kuzmin said.