The monument to Minin and Pozharsky was successfully dismantled from the pedestal on Red Square for restoration work. This was announced on Thursday, January 13, by the director of the State Historical Museum Alexei Levykin.
The experts decided not to move the monument due to the existing risks, and the work will be carried out in the restoration pavilion, installed directly above the monument.
The sculpture has already been transferred to the restoration table using a beam crane. First, experts will have to examine the monument in detail.
“During the restoration process, the technological frame of the figures and the remains of the molding mixture will be removed through the technological holes, the inner and outer surfaces of the sculptures and bas-reliefs will be restored, the plinth frame will be replaced,” the press service of the museum said.
It is planned to complete the restoration of the monument by November 2022. The sculpture will be restored by the Interregional Scientific and Restoration Art Directorate. The cost of the work is 55 million rubles.
In August 2018, the Historical Museum announced an all-Russian campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the monument to Minin and Pozharsky. On October 20 of this year, restoration work, interrupted earlier, continued.