Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Russia, September 1, 2017
A new monument to Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II was opened and consecrated on Tuesday in the Russian mining town of Leninsk-Kuznetsky in the Kemerovo Province, reports the site of the Kuzbass Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The opening ceremony began with the rite of consecration of the monument which was celebrated by His Eminence Aristarchos of Kemerovo and Prokopyevsk, along with Archpriest Vitaly Makarov, Fr. John Pavlyuk, and Deacon Vyacheslav Lansky. In addition to the faithful laity, the consecration was attended by local civil authorities. The service was sung by the choir of the Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church in Leninsk-Kuznetsky.
The land that is now the city of Leninsk-Kuznetsky once personally belonged to the reigning tsar, and when coal reserves were discovered on it, he personally ordered the creation of a society for its extraction, which eventually gave rise to Kolchugino, and then Leninsk-Kuznetsky.
Moreover, the bronze statue was installed on the square of the Palace of Culture and Arts, which until recently bore the name of Yemelyan Yaroslavsky, one of the most ardent atheists and persecutors of the Orthodox Church.