New monument to the Soviet soldiers who perished in the Battles of Rzhev (1942-43) during the Great Patriotic War.
Putin and Lukashenko attended the opening ceremony in Rzhev yesterday.
The lower half of the statue dissipates into a flock of cranes, referencing a famous song that is based on a poem by Dagestani writer Rasul Gamzatov:
I sometimes feel that the soldiers
Who have not returned from the bloody fields
Never lied down to earth
But turned into white cranes…
The soldier’s sad, contemplative visage is based on a composite based on the Russian Ministry of Defense’s archives that fought in the Battles of Rzhev. It stands 25 meters tall, and is armed with a PPSh-41.
It stands on a hill that is 10 meters town and supported by a framework that seems to have some Constructivist influences.
There is also a new museum complex attached to the statue.
This makes it the second major monumental construction opened up in Russia this year, following the consecration of the Warhammer 40k-redolent Cathedral of the Armed Forces a couple of weeks ago.
The Latvia-based, Khodorkovsky-funded opposition outlet Meduza compared the statue to a Dementor, making Putin into “Vovan-de-Mort” (Voldemort. Get it? Haha) by extension. The accompanying Tweet asked where the Horcruxes are hidden.
As they say: Read. Another. Book.
This is actually especially important now, since I’m not sure Russian libs have yet got the memo that J.K. Rowling has been canceled on account of being a terf.