Ovchinnikov brought to his work a mix of raw artistic talent, an abiding knowledge of the area’s history, and a passion to instill knowledge and respect for the town’s history in its population. “People have forgotten history. In the Soviet times, everything old was bad, religion, traditions and so on. I want to show people what used to be here,” he told an interviewer in 2004.Artem Mochalov, mochaloff.ru
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