Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices

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Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices is a group of sculptures created by Russian artist Mihail Chemiakin. The sculptures are located in a park in Bolotnaya Square, Balchug, 2000 feet south of the Moscow Kremlin behind the British Ambassador's residence.[1] Chemiakin said that, "[The sculpture] ... was conceived and carried out by me as a symbol and a call to fight for the salvation of present and future generations."[2]

The sculptures are of thirteen bronze figures, which depict adult vices, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, and prostitution, that affect children.[3] The figures are perceptibly closing in on two unaware playmates, a girl and a boy, with the centrepiece figure being 'Indifference'. The sculpture was commissioned by then-Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and sponsored by the state-owned oil company Rosneft. It was unveiled in 2001 amid some controversy. Some Muscovites worried that the graphic imagery would frighten children.[3][4]

Coordinates: 55°44′45″N 37°37′10″E / 55.745935°N 37.619376°E / 55.745935; 37.619376


  1. ^ "Moscow to Raise Monument to People's Sins". The Moscow Times. 29 June 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  2. ^ Darina, Nikonov. "The children - victims of adult vices" (in Russian). Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Moscow divided over vices statue". BBC News. 6 July 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  4. ^ Shishova, Tatiana (5 December 2001). ""ПАМЯТНИК ПОРОКАМ" ШЕМЯКИНА С ТОЧКИ ЗРЕНИЯ ПСИХОЛОГА (An interview with doctor of physchological sciences, Vasilevnoy Abramenkovoy)" (in Russian). Retrieved 2008-12-26. 

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