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Ukrainian politicians are against the establishment of the monument to Catherine the Great Martyr in Dnepropetrovsk

August 3 2005

By September 2005 in the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk, which in the past was called Ekaterinoslav planned to erect a monument to St. Catherine. The creator of the monument - the famous Ukrainian sculptor Yuri Pavlov.

The idea of creating the monument, according to the sculptor, which was originally owned by the Metropolitan of Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlohrad Irenaeus. It is expected that the figure of St. Catherine will adorn a niche in the pediment of the Diocesan Centre.

However, this initiative has brought protests from nationalist politicians: "It is a disguised attempt to erect a monument to Catherine," - said the representative of People's Rukh of Ukraine Evgeny Shulga.

Against the erection of a monument of St. Catherine were also made by representatives of the party "Our Ukraine": "If they continue to insist on the idea of a monument, we propose to put together and a monument of Genghis Khan from grateful Ukrainian and other peoples of the former Golden Horde", - said Andrey Denisenko, chairman Dnepropetrovsk organization's Our Ukraine party. "

Meanwhile, the initiators of the monument reject the accusations of opponents. So, the sculptor Pavlov said that we are talking about a monument is St. Catherine, who is the patroness of Dnepropetrovsk, and not the Russian empress.

"There is a misconception that in the eighteenth century, our city was named in honor of the Russian empress. In fact, he was named in honor of St. Catherine, just like St. Petersburg, in honor of the Apostle Peter ", - says Yuri Pavlov.

Before you implement your idea, a sculptor, he admitted, thoroughly acquainted with the historical material: "I read about St. Catherine the Great, he says, all that was in the library. She lived in the IV century, during the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian when the persecution of Christians attacked. "

"People often ask me - says Pavlov, why the holy imperial crown on his head. However, this is a simple explanation: Catherine was a noble descent and the daughter of the ruler of Alexandria, Egypt." Master said that the image of the saint rethought and tried to embody in its sculpture all the best that is in the Ukrainian women of their kindness, loyalty and conscience, informs

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