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Default From one Vladimir to another: Putin unveils huge statue in Moscow

From one Vladimir to another: Putin unveils huge statue in Moscow

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4 November 2016


The 17-meter monument stands just outside the gates to the Kremlin. Photo: TASS

On Friday, the Kremlin’s current incumbent, Vladimir Putin, unveiled a monument a stone’s throw from its gates to Prince Vladimir the Great, calling on Russians to unite to face external threats as his namesake did a millennium ago. “He laid the moral foundation on which our lives are still based today. It was a strong moral bearing, solidarity and unity which helped our ancestors overcome difficulties and win victories for the glory of the fatherland, making it stronger and greater with each generation,” Putin said at the unveiling. “Today it is our duty to stand together against contemporary challenges and threats, using our spiritual legacy and our invaluable traditions of unity to go forward and continue our thousand-year history.”
Volodymyr the Great (Russian = Vladimir) lived a century before Moscow (Moskva/1147) was even founded. Prince Volodymyr ruled an empire (980 to 1015) known as Kievan Rus' with its capital were present day Kyiv, Ukraine is located. The people of this empire were composed of local Slavic tribes and Varangians (Vikings). Volodymyr decreed that Orthodox Christianity would be the religion of this region. He had no connection whatsoever to Moscow.

Russian state television repeatedly announced the Moscow statue as “the first monument to Vladimir the Great”, ignoring the fact that one already stands in Kyiv....


The 20.4-meter monument to Volodymyr the Great on the Dnieper River overlooking Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Travel Ukraine
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