A monument to Alexander Tvardovsky

22 June 2013

A new monument to the outstanding Russian poet and public activist, Alexander Tvardovsky was opened on June 22, 2013, in the Strastnoy boulevard garden in Moscow, opposite the Naryshkin drive.

The monument was erected not far from the editorial offices of “New World” magazine, which used to be managed by Alexander Tvardovsky himself. The new monument was sponsored by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

The monument was created by a National Artist of Russia, Vladimir Surovtsev and an Honoured Architect of Russia, Viktor Pasenko.

Vladimir Medinsky, the Russian Minister of Culture, attended the opening ceremony and commented: “Tvardovsky was a great soldier — he fought all his life. A son of peaceful peasants, he went to fight the Finnish War, then, on 22 June 1941 — the Great Patriotic War. And after the war, he still continued fighting, all his life. He fought for the memory of the fallen soldiers, for the publication of the truth about the war, for the authors. This was his life’s war, till his last day. I think a warrior like Tvardovsky can be a real inspiration to all of us!”

The date of the opening ceremony was chosen deliberately. June 21 marks 103 years since the birth of the author of Vasily Terkin. And June 22 was the first day of the Great Patriotic War, the subject of the cult poem by Tvardovsky.

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