Kiyevskaya (Koltsevaya Line)

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Kiyevskaya, the last station to be completed for the Koltsevaya (circle) Line, was finished under Khrushchev, not Stalin. Khrushchev wanted Moscow Metro stations to glorify Ukrainians alongside athletes, revolutionaries and Metro builders. Of all the projects he was shown, Khrushchev picked the one by Ukrainian architects, featuring moulded golden sheaves of wheat and smalt mosaic compositions on the theme of Russian-Ukrainian friendship. Kiyevskaya Station on the Koltsevaya Line was the only station where this extravagant "kolkhoz" style was allowed. Later on, Khrushchev himself would forbid to "waste people's money" on expensive Metro decorations.