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 “Defense 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