Third Time Lucky for Pushkin Bust?
Early June saw the unveiling of a new and improved bust to Russian literary great Alexander Pushkin outside Lviv’s Russian Cultural Centre. Lviv nationalist groups who object to Russia’s historical legacy in the region have already destroyed two previous busts, but this latest monument has been specially designed to be vandal-proof. The new Pushkin monument was financed by Lviv’s Volodymyr Samborskiy, who is now resident in Moscow. The bust itself was created by talented Lviv sculptor Oleh Dergachov, who is currently based in Canada. The opening ceremony was attended by the deputy head of Lviv Oblast Administration Igor Derzhko, Russia’s Consul in Lviv Yevgeniy Guzeev and other admirers of Pushkin’s poetry.