Stop touching sculptures in the metro the Moscow transport authorities urges Muscovites.

Olya touching the Soviet-era Ingus guard dog
Olya touching the Soviet-era Ingus guard dog | Photo Austeen James

Touching the nose of sculptures is believed by Russians to bring good lucks. This has been a long time traditions amongst Russians which is dated to have started during the soviet era.

It is a long-standing good luck traditional ritual amongst thousands of Russians and tourists who rides through the metro on a daily basis.

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Meanwhile, the Moscow transport authorities are urging people to stop touching the soviet era sculptures in the metro. This is due to years of touching the sculptures is obviously deteriorating the original form of the Soviet-era Bronze sculptures.

Russians touching the guard dog Ingus for luck|Sergei Vedyashkin
Russians touching the guard dog Ingus for luck |Photo Sergie Vedyashkin

“After many years of making your dreams a reality, the sculptures now need help themselves — many of them have been worn down and lost their authentic look,” the Moscow Transport Department MTD wrote on its official Telegram channel on Sunday. 

Elena Touching the sculpture of a cat| Photo Austeen James
Elena Touching the sculpture of a cat| Photo Austeen James

The history and what people believe about touching and rubbing the soviet era sculptures

Historically, the tradition of touching and rubbing the soviet era bronze sculpture originated back in the year 1938, when engineering students at Bauman Technical University in Moscow would rub their report cards against the nose of a soviet-era bronze sculpture Ingus, the border guard sculpture’s dog, in hopes of passing their examinations in flying colors. Ever since then it became a tradition to Russians and tourists are also caught up in it.

Austeen James and Misha
Austin James and Misha| Photo Elena Razumovskaya

An air of magic surrounds the station’s other sculptures, as well. Touching a female student’s bronze shoe is believed to bring luck in love and marriage, flags held by a naval lookout are the key to having a good day, and a Mauser pistol held by a secret police officer brings financial success. 

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The most mystical of the total 76 soviet-era bronze sculptures created by Matvey Manizer, is the hen keeper and her rooster. While some are convinced of the bird’s magic ability to fatten salaries and bring good luck to their businesses, Whereas others believe him to be an embodiment of evil.

People Rubbing the scuplture on the hen and roaster keeper for good luck |Photo Sergie Vedyashkin
People Rubbing the sculpture on the hen and roaster keeper for good luck |Photo Sergie Vedyashkin

Furthermore, the Moscow transport authorities say that, from now on, the sculptures would try their best to read passengers’ thoughts — merely making a wish near a statue would be as effective as touching it and would also “preserve the magic for future generations.” 

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“We promise that the statues will be grateful and all your wishes will come true,” the Transport Department assured skeptical passengers. 

Although experienced statue-rubbers are yet to confirm if a telepathic communication with the soviet-era sculptures has proven to be more effective as physical touch is believed.

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