Putin has opened a monument to Turgenev

Today, President Vladimir Putin participated in the opening ceremony of the first Moscow monument to Ivan Turgenev and visited his house-Museum.

The monument became part of the architectural Museum complex “Turgenev’s quarter”, which includes house-Museum, garden and Park on the street. The author of the sculpture – the people’s artist of Russia Sergey Kazantsev. We will remind that else in March the President signed a decree on the celebration in 2018 the 200th anniversary of the birth of Turgenev.

The monument was erected at the historic site, is closely associated with the Moscow period of the writer’s biography. Next, an old house where he lived and stayed with mother. “Surprisingly, the building in the center of Moscow is preserved,” – said Vladimir Putin, adding that I had just discussed this with the mayor of capital Sergey Sobjanin.

“It’s a miracle, thank God that we have, and here it was possible to expand the exhibition, to create a Museum-house Turgenev – said the President. – Its exposition is unique in many ways. Here you will find original items of the era. There will be new opportunities for exhibitions, concerts and educational programs.”

Turgenev turned to the people, their feelings and experiences, the true and eternal values. “Because the interest in his writings will always be,” – said the head of state. His work – not only national, but international treasure. And Putin is sure that the new and very beautiful monument and house-Museum of Turgenev will serve this noble cause.

The President laid a bouquet of red roses to the monument. Still in the capital was just a bust of Turgenev at the entrance to the library in his name and a monument to the dog Mumu in the Park. Now the writer’s memory is perpetuated at the proper level.

Putin also visited the house Museum along with the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin and Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky. Museum Director Yevgeny Bogatyrev told some stories from the life of the writer and his mother. In the exposition – more than a thousand items, including autographs and letters of Turgenev and his last lifetime portrait.

“The opening of the Museum is a very important event for Russian literature, Russian culture and Russian people”, – said the head of state left a note in the guestbook.