Experts explained calls for the demolition of the monument to Baranov in Alaska
Advocating for the demolition of the monument to Alexander Baranov in the American city of Sitka (Alaska) are not able to fully understand the diversity of aspects of the history of Russian settlements in North America, told RIA Novosti the representatives of three non-governmental organizations.
Earlier, a group of residents of Sitka has proposed to remove from the centre of the monument the Governor of Russian settlements in North America in the late XVIII - early XIX centuries, Alexander Baranov. Most speakers for the demolition of the statue belongs to the indigenous people of trincity. The coordination Council of Russian compatriots of the USA (CARS) made an online petition against plans to demolish the monument. Mayor Gary Paxton told RIA Novosti that local authorities will consider the fate of the monument in July or August.
The opinion that the sheep were forced indigenous people to accept Christianity, also not true, stressed the Faithful.
According to the President of the Congress of Russian Americans Natalia Sabelnik, destruction and demolition of monuments is not an option.
"On whichever side of the story nor were people, historical heritage must be preserved. Often monuments are a reminder of the period that you want to remember and no need to repeat," said Cinquefoil.
She believes that colonization should not be regarded as an exclusively negative phenomenon. In particular, this process has contributed to the development of the region, said Cinquefoil.
Vladimir Kolychev, head of the society "Russian America" (Moscow), also believes that indigenous peoples are not able to fully consider this issue in historical context.
"Unfortunately, representatives of many indigenous peoples blinkers (eyes – ed.) that prevent them to look beyond the deadly insults", - he said.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the proposal to demolish the monument to the Governor of Russian settlements in North America, said that in Russia, too, was a period of demolition of monuments and it was not the most brilliant in the history of the country.