Monday, August 21, 2017

Group requests permission to install busts of Russian rulers in Yekaterinburg

The Sverdlovsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society recently appealed to the Yekaterinburg administration for permission to install busts of Peter the Great and Catherine I in Plotinka.

"This is a historically informed restoration of the historic appearance of the downtown area," a statement from the Russian Geographical Society said, according to Ekburg.ru. "Not every city in the vast Motherland can boast such a combination of great rulers... and design match the installation site, the transmitter in the casting spirit of the era of status only accentuate and beautify our city on of the most attractive places."

If the society's proposal is approved, the busts will be installed in Yekaterinburg's Literary Quarter in the front of the former Plotinka gem complex, Ekburg.ru reports.

Peter the Great ruled from 1682 until his death in 1725. He is widely credited for Westernizing Russian culture and society--he required Russian men to shave their beards and give up traditional clothing for more modern styles.

He was succeeded by Catherine I, the first woman to rule Imperial Russia. She cut the empire's military spending, thereby providing tax relief to the Russian peasantry, and she is also credited with continuing Peter the Great's modernization of Russian society.