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Penza region governor changed mind on museum in former maternity building

15:08 | 29.10.2014 | Society

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Penza, 29 October 2014. PenzaNews. The Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev, who suggested to set up an art gallery in the former maternity clinic hospital, was dissatisfied with the project by Evgeny Shilov, the head of culture and the archive of the region, that plans for the creation of a multy-type museum and exhibition center on the premises.

The Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev

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Early on Wednesday, October 29, the head of the region tweeted he has sent the project back for improvement.

“The center must not become a millstone on the budget’s neck: it must be self-sustainable and not end up a place for empty entertainment,” he wrote.

Several hours later, the Penza region governor tweeted more information on this topic.

“Saw no rational suggestions or innovations in Shilov’s project, so [deputy chairman of the Penza region government Vladimir] Maltsev and [the region’s health minister Vladimir] Stryuchkov will work with maternity building”

According to him the subordinates were ordered to create a project for a high-end maternity welfare center “with repairs and all necessary equipment.”

“Future maternity center, welfare center do different jobs, complement one another and help solve demographic issue,” the governor highlighted.

The earlier idea to create a museum and exhibition complex in the former maternity center building was received with mixed reaction. Among others, a left-wing oriented activists Sergei Padalkin criticized the suggestion and noted its bad timing, because, according to him, “women are having children in the corridors right now.”

The maternity house on Pushkina street in Penza has been closed for reconstruction since October 1, 2013. Back then, the regional Ministry of Health stated this change of events will not affect the maternity services in the region, and that “the building will once again open its doors for future mothers” after the reconstruction.

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