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Could 'Feliks Dzerzhinsky' Return To Central Moscow?

Speculation is rife a monument to Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the feared Cheka secret police, may soon return to central Moscow. City authorities are pushing ahead with plans to repair a statue of Dzerzhinsky that was pulled down by pro-democracy protesters in 1991. Previous attempts to restore the statue to its place on Moscow's Lubyanka Square have been resisted by the public.

A woman walks under a Dzerzhinsky monument that was reinstalled in a courtyard of the Moscow police headquarters, in 2005.
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A woman walks under a Dzerzhinsky monument that was reinstalled in a courtyard of the Moscow police headquarters, in 2005.

This picture from 1964 shows the KGB building (aka Lubyanka) in Moscow, with the monument to Soviet KGB founder Feliks Dzerzhinsky standing in front. (AFP PHOTO TASS)
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This picture from 1964 shows the KGB building (aka Lubyanka) in Moscow, with the monument to Soviet KGB founder Feliks Dzerzhinsky standing in front. (AFP PHOTO TASS)

Dzerzhinsky is seen here in 1914 as a Communist revolutionary at Orlov central prison.
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Dzerzhinsky is seen here in 1914 as a Communist revolutionary at Orlov central prison.

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