The authorities of the city of Sitka, which is located in the US state of Alaska, have begun work to remove from the pedestal and transfer from the central park a statue of the ruler of Russian settlements in North America, Alexander Baranov, TASS reports.
As the director of the local history museum Hall Speckman told the agency, the workers have already removed some of the substance with which the monument was fixed on the pedestal. The statue will be moved to the museum by the end of October, Speckman said.
Recall that the residents of the city proposed to dismantle the monument. In their opinion, it can offend the feelings of the indigenous peoples. On July 15, it became known that the city council decided to remove the statue from the central park. It was reported that she would be transferred to the premises of the museum. Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said that the diplomatic mission was upset by this decision.
Alexander Baranov was the ruler of Russian settlements in North America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The statue, by sculptor Joan Bagby-Jackson, was donated to the municipality in 1989 and erected in a park in front of the Harrigan Centennial Hall on the oceanfront.