The monument to the crew of the nuclear Kursk submarine is being cast

On Saturday Sergei Marudenko, director of the Kazan all-Russian scientific and research institute of the Volga timber transport reported that works were being finalised there to cast parts of the monument to the crew of the Kursk nuclear submarine which perished in August 2000.

The monument made by the order of the Russian Defense Ministry will be unveiled on 12 August, the date the Kursk submarine perished in the Barents sea. It will be installed near the Armed Forces museum in Moscow.

Sculptor Lev Kerbel and architect Igor Voznesensky are authors of the monument. The height of the monument is 4.5 meters. The main idea of the authors of the monument is that a man should be bigger than the elements, that is why the submarine lies at the feet of a sorrowful seaman.

Works on major parts of the monument are being completed and presently they are being polished. On 25-28 July the monument will be delivered to Moscow to be presented to the acceptance commission.

During his visit to Kazan commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov saw the draft of the monument and approved the work.

The Kazan experimental factory (built 80 years ago) was previously engaged in manufacturing of tree-felling equipment and beginning from 1995 has mastered foundry operations, in particular production of monuments. The factory-made monuments to singer Fedor Shalyapin, poet Gabdulla Tukayev, painter and sculptor Baki Urmanche, scientist Karl Fuke and to others are installed in Kazan.

Recently by the order of foreign partners the monument to Marcus Aurelius was cast here to be installed later in Austria. Parts of the monument to Bulat Okudzhava which was unveiled this year in the Arbat street in Moscow were cast here as well as the monument to Samani with two lions guarding it which became the embellishment of Dushanbe.