Over 350 restorers have appealed to Putin with a request to protect the Russian school of restoration from abolishment
The open letter to the president of the Russian Federation, signed by leading Russian experts and restorers, was published on October 6th, 2020.
The Russian Ministry of Construction is preparing a law bill according to which work on preserving objects of cultural heritage will be put under the jurisdiction of a single construction management authority. In the opinion of the professional restoration community, this could lead to the gradual replacement of restoration specialists by representatives of construction occupations, which will result in the demise of the school of restoration and, subsequently, the monuments themselves.
It is noted in the letter that restoration has no relation to construction and is aimed not at developing capital investment, but rather at preserving genuine historical monuments. It is closely associated with archaeology, the restoration of monumental paintings, preserving interiors and objects from landscape-park ensembles.
"Attempts to replace restoration with construction leads to the creation of replicas, due to which the historical significance of ancient buildings is completely lost".
Evgeniy Saunin, 12 October 2020, 01:00