Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova said that the memorial “Heroes of Stalingrad battle” in Volgograd it is necessary to preserve for future generations. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the monument “the Motherland calls!” on Mamaev Kurgan after the restoration that he called the monument pearl of the complex. Noting that this is a sacred place visited by hundreds of thousands of people to commemorate the soldiers and civilians who died during the great Patriotic war, she said that the memorial “is important to preserve for generations, in memory of our great history”.
During restoration work on one of the largest monuments of the world were sealed 14 kilometers of cracks, updated rope reinforcement inside the statue, sculptors had cleared the surface of the monument and renewed the face of the “Motherland”. The total cost of the restoration work amounted to 650 million rubles. The re-opening of the monument was planned in late April to 9 May, but because of the situation with coronavirus pending at the end of June. However, the comprehensive restoration of the memorial is not terminated, in the plans until 2025 to carry out major repairs of all objects of Mamayev Kurgan. In particular, the 80th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad in 2023 will bring order to the territory of the Museum-panorama “battle of Stalingrad”, will repair the lower terrace, where for many years is ruined aerator, pedestrian bridge on the Chuykova street, replace utilities, restored architectural features, and also will arrange well the territory.
June 24, held a unique gala concert at the foot of the monument dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the great Victory. The concert of the Victory organized the Russian concert Agency and TV channel “Russia 1” with the support of the Ministry of culture of Russia, presidential grants and the Administration of the Volgograd region. Live broadcast of the concert will also show the channel “Russia”.