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Putin Orders Archaeologists to Draw Up Plan for Excavations Inside Kremlin

© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the mediabankView of the Moscow Kremlin towers, Alexander Garden and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
View of the Moscow Kremlin towers, Alexander Garden and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. - Sputnik International
Russian President Vladimir Putin told archaeologists on Monday to draw up a plan on how they want to proceed with digging near the eastern walls of the Kremlin fortifications, the Kremlin press office said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Digging at the site of Kremlin's demolished Building 14 began last December. Archaeologists believe that a monastic complex was erected there in 1365. A church devoted to the Miracle of Archangel Michael was at its center.

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"The Archaeology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations together with the Federal Protection Service and the Presidential Administrative Directorate [are ordered] to look into the issue of archaeological excavations in the eastern part of the Moscow Kremlin in 2017-2018," the press statement read.

The scientists have until December 30, 2016 to set out their plans. The president has also ordered to create a museum at the site where the Miracle of Archangel Michael church once stood. According to the Kremlin press office, UN’s cultural body UNESCO will be informed of the plans.

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