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Modern Tver
July 29, 2015 17:24


There are representatives of all kinds of subcultures, local rockers perform in every decent bar, artists and bikers gather on Trekhsvyatskaya street (an analogue of Moscow Arbat), regardless of weather. Graffiti writers from Moscow and St. Petersburg come here regularly. This is directly reflected on the walls of houses. And the newly created Centre for Contemporary Art in a half-ruined building of the River Station seems to have already remained without funding. Moscow initiatives find it hard to survive, even promising ones.

Tver has not yet turned into the second Perm. The city’s symbol have long been the local native Afanasii Nikitin. It does not matter that the author of one of the first Russian travelogues left Tver to go over the hills and far away and never came back. A monument to him on the embankment of the Volga River is the most famous monument of Tver, and the city brewery makes a good beer called “Afanasii”. An unexpected rival to Nikitin appeared not so long ago – it is Mikhail Krug, the author of the hit song “Vladimirsky Tsentral” (“Vladimir Central Prison”).

Despite the protests of the city residents who do not like prison romance, the monument to the classic of “Russian chanson”, senseless and merciless as it is, was erected in the heart of the city. To be more precise, the singer’s figure “sits” on a bench holding a guitar. You can sit down nearby. Fans do this: sit down, drink, complain for their lives. All this is happening on the Radishcheva Boulevard, which adds some zest to the situation. The idol’s guitar sometimes gets stolen.

Volga looks modest on the territory of Tver, it comes into full swing downstream. However, it is pleasant to look at the city from the water, from the deck of a river boat in summer, to walk through the city garden, to taste “Afanasii” beer, to go to the quarries located within the city limits, to climb the sand hill as tall as a nine-storeyed house and to try and imagine that Tver was once the capital of the Russian land.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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