(Workshop I. Kvirikadze VGIK) Chronicle footage. Moscow city. 1930s. People go to the construction of the Palace of Culture. On the banner there is an inscription: "We will destroy the Simonov Monastery, we will build the Lenin Palace of Culture." The Red Army men are carrying out church utensils, laying explosives. Explosion. The walls of the monastery are crumbling. People are clearing the rubble. 1990th year. Filming of the remaining, surviving buildings of the monastery. There are paintings on the walls, the faces of the saints. Ruined courtyard of the monastery. Types of streets, houses, squares. People gather for a demonstration. Early morning of May 1st. An orchestra is playing, columns are passing by. People are queuing at the store for vodka. 7th November Square. The orchestra is playing. People are in the columns of demonstrators.