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Must go to Moscow – while it’s still there!
Capitalism marches on, and Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow's wrecking-ball-friendly mayor is at the head of the juggernaut that is wrecking everything in its path. Already, many listed buildings have mysteriously ‘burned down’ and been replaced by bright, shiny and downright ugly monstrosities.
Kremlin officials have hinted that they want to remove Lenin from his cube-shaped Red Square mausoleum and give him a decent burial. Russia's communists are vehemently opposed. But it's only a matter of time before Lenin is finally laid to rest by capitalist forces. Go and see him now before it's too late. You can then join the debate: is the Vladimir Ilyich on public display the real thing, or (as his wrinkled ears suggest) an artful fake?
Next for the demolition hammer is the magnificent Mayakovskaya metro station. The mosaics depict an idealised 24-hour period in the life of the Soviet Union – with gymnasts, cherry blossom, and Soviet fighter planes gliding across a perfect azure sky. The roof leaks and the station's exquisite rhodonite columns clad in stainless steel are being irreversibly damaged, which means only one thing – a dodgy government contract for someone and soon another dull, bland metro station like the thousands of others throughout Europe.
The list goes on and on. Soon there’ll be nothing left of Russia’s avant garde and intellectual past glory....