The Russian Union of Architects decided to cancel the competition for the re-use of the Lenin mausoleum located in Moscow. The information was confirmed by the head of the organization, Nikolai Shumakov.
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As the representative of the Union of Architects explained, the reason for the decision was a negative response that erupted in society after the announcement of plans for a possible renovation of Lenin's mausoleum. At the same time, enthusiasts could offer their ideas that did not include the demolition of the building or the introduction of major changes in its appearance. Shumakov recalled that the building is officially recognized as a monument of world significance, against the background of which it is protected by UNESCO.
The implementation of the competition concepts would be possible only if Lenin's body was removed from the mausoleum, writes PolitEkspert. However, due to the negative polemics that gripped the event, the Union of Architects decided to abandon the initiative.