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Vagan'kovo cemetery.In 1771, when plague spread in Moscow, Catherine the Great forbode to bury its victims within the city bounds. A dozen of cemeteries were specially arranged outside the city bounds, and Vagankovo was one of them. In 1772 the Church of St John the Merciful was built in the cemetery to a design byVassily Bazhenov. In 1822 architect A. Grigoryev built the Classicist Church of the Resurrection not far from the entrance, two wings by the entrance and the gate. The Vagankovo cemetery is one of the biggest in Moscow, it is 50 ha in area. A board with the necropolis map is placed at the entrance. Many outstanding Russians are buried here, among them contemporaries of Alexander Pushkin - his bosom friend Nashchokin, Vladimir Dahl, the author of the monumental Explanatory Dictionary of the Russian Language, composer Alexei Verstovsky, painters Tropinin, Pukirev, Savrasovand Surikov, a famous lawyer Fyodor Plevako, a well-known bakery owner Filippov, historian Ivan Zabelin, philologist and art critic Ivan Tsvetayev. Lots of people come here to bow to the graves of contemporary idols, Sergei Yesenin, Vladimir Vysotsky, Andrei Mironovand many others whose memory is cherished by the Russian people.

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