Authority of the city of Sitka decided to keep the monument Baranov

Authority of the city of Sitka in Alaska will continue to have a monument to the ruler of the Russian settlements in North America, Alexander Baranov, despite the numerous proposals of Russia, told RIA Novosti mayor Gary Paxton.

The Sitka Council on July 14 unanimously adopted a resolution on the transfer of the monument to the Baranov Museum from the city centre. Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov after that reported that the number of Russian cities - Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, Magadan - ready to buy a monument and transported it to yourself.

"I'm sure we want to leave a monument (Baranov – ed.) in Sitka," said Paxton.

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 statues belong to an indigenous people, the Tlingit. The coordination Council of Russian compatriots of the USA (CARS) made an online petition against plans to demolish the monument. As reported RIA Novosti the Chairman of XORS Elena Branson, it has collected almost 6 thousand signatures.

Fund Art Russe has previously stated that he had sent authorities Sitka offer to buy the monument to the first Russian Governor of Alaska. In addition, the Foundation submitted a similar proposal to the authorities of new York about the monument to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, which the city authorities decided to dismantle amid a wave of protests against racism.

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 he was not the most brilliant in the history of the country.