Qnet reported that the celebrated sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov recently won a competition conducted by the Russian military-historical society to design a statue of Vladimir the Great, the first Russian Orthodox ruler credited with helping to found Russia. Both the Ukraine and Russia claim the legacy of this early leader, who ruled from the city of Kiev (also spelled “Kyiv”).
Salavat Shcherbakov, was elected to the Russian Academy of Arts in 2007. He has received the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation as a result of his work. Residents of Moscow and other parts of Russia raised money to pay for the statue, which is scheduled to be officially installed during a ceremony on November 4, 2015.
Some controversy allegedly surrounded the location of the massive statue, which depicts Vladimir the Great holding a cross overhead. It will join many other huge works of sculpture in Moscow, a city with many impressive works of art.
Vladimir the Great, also known as St. Vladimir and “Vladimir Baptist” was the first ruler in Russia to convert to Orthodox Christianity. Born around 958, he reigned between 980 and 1015. He gained fame for conducting mass baptisms to Christianity.
Sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov noted: “There might be arguments about the historical role of Ivan the Terrible or Joseph Stalin or even Peter the Great, but in the case of Prince Vladimir, he’s undoubtedly a positive figure.”