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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.

Sculptor Yakov Chaika working on a bust of Dzerzhinsky in 1967 (RIA Novosti/B. Krishtul)
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Sculptor Yakov Chaika working on a bust of Dzerzhinsky in 1967 (RIA Novosti/B. Krishtul)

Muscovites topple the Dzerzhinsky monument on Lubyanka Square on the night of August 23, 1991, shortly after a failed coup attempt. (RIA Novosti/Igor Mikhalev)
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Muscovites topple the Dzerzhinsky monument on Lubyanka Square on the night of August 23, 1991, shortly after a failed coup attempt. (RIA Novosti/Igor Mikhalev)

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.

An attempt to demolish the Dzerzhinsky monument during a rally in August 1991 (RIA Novosti/Boris Kaufman)
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An attempt to demolish the Dzerzhinsky monument during a rally in August 1991 (RIA Novosti/Boris Kaufman)

Pioneers in uniform attend the commissioning of a monument to Dzerzhinsky at the Moscow Police Directorate in 1977 (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Akimov)
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Pioneers in uniform attend the commissioning of a monument to Dzerzhinsky at the Moscow Police Directorate in 1977 (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Akimov)

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)

An unidentified prisoner (left) displays a portrait of Dzerzhinsky that he drew on his pillow case in this undated photo. (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Vyatkin)
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An unidentified prisoner (left) displays a portrait of Dzerzhinsky that he drew on his pillow case in this undated photo. (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Vyatkin)

Dzerzhinsky at his desk in 1924 (RIA Novosti)
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Dzerzhinsky at his desk in 1924 (RIA Novosti)

Josef Stalin (right) and Dzerzhinsky relaxing together in 1924 (RIA Novosti)
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Josef Stalin (right) and Dzerzhinsky relaxing together in 1924 (RIA Novosti)

Dzerzhinsky in Moscow in 1918
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Dzerzhinsky in Moscow in 1918

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.

Dzerzhinsky pictured here as a young man in 1895 (RIA Novosti)
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Dzerzhinsky pictured here as a young man in 1895 (RIA Novosti)

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