“Yabloko” party leader calls for ban on moving Stalin monument to Penza city center
Penza, 31 July 2015. PenzaNews. Sergei Mitrokhin, chairman of the Russian united democratic party “Yabloko,” addressed the prosecutor of the Leninsky area in the Penza region Evgeny Zuilin with a request to warn Georgy Kamnev, deputy of the regional Legislative Assembly, first secretary of the regional Communist Party committee, against the decision to move their Joseph Stalin monument to the city center.
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“The CPRF leader in Penza Georgy Kamnev told the press about the plans to place a Stalin monument in Penza city center. This is a violation of the current legislation that says all monuments can be installed only under an agreement with municipal authorities,” reads the copy of Sergei Mitrokhin’s address dated July 31 made available to PenzaNews agency.
It also noted that the decree of the Penza city administration head No. 1965, date 26 September 2001, “On Complex Beautification in Penza, Color Choices, Architectural Lighting, Landscaping,” includes a requirement to install all architectural design elements, including monuments, only under planning documents approved by the head artist of the city and the project blueprint.
“As seen in the information published in the media, mister Kamnev has no plans to go to the Penza city administration for the permit. With this in mind, I would like to ask to warn mister Kamnev against violating the law,” reads the address.
As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, the Joseph Stalin monument was opened in Penza on July 15, 2011, in the CPRF regional committee building on Darvina proyezd.
The monument was ordered by German Karpov and cast in South Ossetia. The members and followers of CPRF in the Penza region gathered some 100,000 rubles for its creation, while the regional CPRF branch took the expenses related to improvement of the nearby plot of land and the installation of the monument.
In July 2015, the Communist party members announced their plans to move the Joseph Stalin monument to the new party office branch building on Kirova street, 24B.