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The monument to Vladimir, the patron saint of the Russian Orthodox Church, about 100 yards from the Kremlin walls in Moscow. Critics view it as a thinly disguised homage to President Vladimir V. Putin.CreditSergei Chirikov/European Pressphoto Agency

MOSCOW — With President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia relying on resurgent nationalism as the bedrock of his government, on Friday he inaugurated what many consider to be a symbol of that policy: a colossal, much-debated statue of St. Vladimir, the patron saint of the Russian Orthodox Church who, of course, shares the president’s name.

Supporters hailed the statue as embodying Russia’s core identity as a robust state built around Christian values and under a resolute father figure.

Critics disparaged the work, which rises nearly 60 feet at a main crossroads here about 100 yards from the Kremlin walls, calling it an eyesore and a thinly disguised monument to the other Vladimir.

Whatever observers might think about the monument, there is no doubt that Russia has gone slightly statue mad. St. Vladimir is only the latest, most potent salvo in what might be called the Statue Wars, a battle over whether the proliferating figures across the country are being erected to represent something other than themselves or even than their historical periods.

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