Propaganda at its best (8): The monument celebrating love between the natives and the settlers

In Yakutsk, the largest city built on permafrost, the Abakayade Memorial celebrates the union between the Russians and the natives.


It represents Semyon Deshnev, great Russian traveller of the 17th century, with his Yakut wife Abakayade and their child, the first child born from the union between the settler and the native.


The monument was created by Maxim Pavlov, a Russian sculptor awarded the title “People’s Artist of Yakutia” by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Yakutia in 1990.

It was erected in 2005 and can be found at the intersection of Kirova and Poyarkova streets.


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