Everybody knows that the Soviet Metro has been named after Vladimir Lenin, but quite a few symbols of Stalin have been used there over the years; everything about the Metro has to do with the personality cult. In this posting we are going to compare the Metro at the time of opening with the Metro at the moment of Soviet government change.
Belorussian Metro Station – used to have a large Stalin’s profile
Partisanskaya Metro station, there is Stalin’s profile and a quote “DefenseÂ of the country is a sacred duty of every person” behind the sculpture
Electrozavoskaya Metro Station
Semenovskaya Metro Station – used to be called Stalinskaya Metro Station, after renaming Stalin’s portrait above the arch has been taken off
Dobrininskaya Metro station
Dobriniskaya Metro station after Gagarin’s space flight.
Kurskaya Metro Station
Paveletskaya Metro Station – the horns are honoring nothing – the image in the middle is gone
Semenovskaya Metro Station inside – the quote on the banners states, “Glory to Our Red Army (Stalin)”
Semenovskaya Metro Station today
Avtozavodskaya Metro Station
At the same Metro Station there used to be a quote, “Labor in the USSR is the business of glory, the business of honor, the business of valor and heroism (Stalin)”
Today the quote is gone.
In the escalator area of this Metro Station there used to be a large mosaic portrait of Stalin, made by a sculptor G. Opryshko. One night in 1955 a group of people dressed as common civilians has arrived to the station and has destroyed the picture immediately. The author of the portrait has requested to keep at least the head of Stalin in place, but he was denied his request. Now they have a decorative frame in place there.