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Replacing Famous "Blue" Pine Trees Along the Kremlin Wall Necropolis

Yesterday, when I arrived with my current clients at the Red Square, I was shocked when I saw the bare wall of the Moscow Kremlin. They had removed all of the majestic pine trees from the left side of Lenin's Mausoleum (between Spasskaya Tower and Lenin's Tomb) and I had a thought: were they going to remove even the Necropolis and Lenin's Mausoleum to restore the architectural style of Red Square to how it looked before the revolution?

No, I was wrong with my almost fantastic thoughts. It was reported on TV that they are not removing the pine trees forever, but want to replace the old trees with new ones and will keep everything as it was before. The old trees are going to be moved into the Kremlin grounds and they will be replaced with new ones, young 2 meters high pine trees, which will be planted in the same spots (counting the range of every centimeter) by very professional grounds keepers. To deliver the new pine trees to Red Square, they use special covers for their roots and workers will plant them very carefully. Not a single branch will be broken.

The last time the trees were replaced in 1974. They decided to replace the trees because they are in poor condition. We call these trees: "Blue" Pine Trees along Kremlin Wall Necropolis. They were planted in Stalin times and the horticulturist Kovtunenko, who developed the method of planting this type of pine trees (Name: ?. Pungens Engelm, their motherland is Canada) in Russia from seeds gained Stalin's Award (Prize) (later it was called the "State Award"). In normal weather conditions these trees can grow up and be in good health for 100 years, but in Moscow - not more than 50 years…

There are a lot of poems about Moscow, Red Square and the Kremlin in which people mention these famous trees on the main square of Russia. They will deliver new pine trees from nurseries in North Caucasus.

With BEST Regards,
Arthur Lookyanov
Private Guide & Personal Driver in Moscow
News from Moscow
Last Edited: August 27th, 2007

Photo taken on 2007-08-15 at 11:21:49

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