Sorry to hear this. I am glad that the movie gave him more widespread recognition in his final years. His stuff wasn't always my cup of tea, but I admired the fact that a guy like him (a Joe Blow) could make it as a writer.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Well, the Russians only had a statue commissioned. Presumably they announced a Superman statue was commissioned. Doesn't mean it was built. There's a several hour time difference between Moscow, Russia and Metropolis, Kansas.