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Moscow to get a huge statue of Orthodox saint from Kievan Rus

Moscow city, Russia.
Moscow city, Russia. Image by Dmitry Terekhov / CC BY-SA 2.0

Moscow will get a huge statue of Vladimir the Great, which could be unveiled on National Unity Day (4 November). It honours the Orthodox saint who was the ruler of Kievan Rus (the birthplace of the modern Russian state with Kyiv as capital) and introduced Christianity, and who is claimed by both Russia and Ukraine as their own. The statue will be 25m high (like an eight-story building) and it will cost 150 million roubles (US$2.5 million). This year marks the 1000th anniversary of Vladimir the Great’s death. Read more: themoscowtimes.com