Investigative Committee employees pinned down to chip in for sculpture of spirit guide - Archangel Michael
Employees of the Investigative Committee of Russia are putting up money for construction of a three-meter sculpture of the Archangel Michael in front of the entrance of the Committee’s main building on Moscow’s Tekhnichesky lane. The Archangel had earlier been assigned the spirit guide of the Investigative Committee, brings back RBC.
RBC notes the letter of a head of the directorate for training and educational work of the Investigative Committee Sergey Petrov (the document turned out to be at the disposal of the article’s author) says the subordinates decided by general consent they were going to transfer 0.5 per cent of their salary for the monument. Amount of contribution from each employee - about 1.5 thousand rubles ($22.7) - is indicated in the letter addressed to heads of other directorates of the Investigative Committee.
Petrov is asking his colleagues to do the same and organize fundraising from employees with making a list of participants and assignment of persons responsible.
All the funds are going to be transferred to the Union of veterans of investigation association. The approximative cost of the erection of the sculpture is estimated at 13 million rubles (roughly $200 thousand). The design is approved by the Head of The Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin. This is “a a three-meter bronze monument of the foremost fighter against lawlessness - the Archangel Michael slaying a serpent - built on a postament which symbolizes victory of the powers of light over the powers of evil.
In August, 2016, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill approved the Archangel Michael as a spirit guide of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
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