Ploshchad Revolutsii (Revolution Square) is the station of miracles and superstitions
🔸The station has seventy-six figures that represent the history of the Soviet Land from revolutionary peasants, workers and sailors to happy children of the new age.
🔸It was hard to fit sculptures of such Michelangelo-like proportions into the arches and, eventually, the figures were depicted on their knees, bent or seated. And there was a joke that “Soviet people either sit (i.e. in prison) or on their knees.
🔸In spite of the allegory and generalization in the sculptures, some details indicate the exact historical events. Also, some names of people who posed for the sculptures are known.
🔸The most famous story is the one of Olimpii Rudakov who posed for the figure of the naval signaler. In 1953, already as a captain, Rudakov was invited for a waltz by Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation day.
🔸Some sculptures have legends behind them and people believe that if you rub them your dreams will come true. The most popular one is the border guard’s dog figure who brings good luck with exams and in life. No wonder that its nose became so polished and shining.
🔸The young inventor’s pencil and the sailor’s gun keep disappearing sometimes. Apparently, some people are way too superstitious.
🔸During the WWII the sculptures were dismantled and shipped to Central Asia. They were brought back only in 1944.