All-Tatar Public Center (VTOTS) does not support the initiative of erecting monument to Empress Catherine II in Kazan. Criticizing this decision, Tatar nationalists appealed to President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
“Monument in the capital of Tatarstan to the empress, who has on her conscience Nogai genocide, expulsion of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, brutal suppression of Pugachev’s rebellion - the idea is more than strange,” the nationalists state.
The VTOTS activists also demand to "return the Tatar history to the capital of Tatarstan."
“We believe that the dominant idea of the master plan and architectural appearance of the city should be the idea that Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan, the world capital of all the Tatars,” they say.
The activists asked to name the newly built metro station "Dubravnaya" in honor of the legendary Queen of the Kazan Khanate Syuyumbike, because none of the 11 Kazan subway stations has the Tatar name.
Instead of the monument to Catherine II, they offered to put on the entrances and exits of the city in the northern, southern, eastern and western quarters four equestrian statues of the leaders of the Tatar people, for expamle, Almysh Khan, Ulug-Mohammed, Bakhtiyar Kankayev and Batu Khan.
By the way, not so long ago, in 2005, the Tatar nationalists could achieve the cancellation of erecting monument to Russian tsars in Kazan. Then it was supposed to be a sculpture of Peter I, in honor of the 1000th anniversary of the city. But the sculpture was replaced by a monument to the Soviet historian and ethnographer Lev Gumilyov - "Russian man, who all his life defended the Tatars from slander", as stated on a granite pedestal.