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- Taken by
- Ella Derbyshire
- Explore score
- 0.10 Gigapixels
- Date added
- August 09, 2008
- Date taken
- July 19, 2008
This 39 meter statue of a Russian World War II soldier commemorates Murmansk as a Russian Hero City and commemorates the soldiers who protected Russia from invasion during the Second World War.
Murmansk is localed in a place of strategic importance on the Kola River about 12 km from the Barents Sea. Although the city is above the Arctic Circle, its river and port do not freeze. There is rail service to other Russian cities from here. During World War II, Allied forces used the port at Murmansk for the movement of large quantities of supplies for the Allied war effort, making Murmansk a target for the Axis armies.
Murmansk was attacked from the North in 1941. Although it was heavily damaged by the combined German and Finnish armies, the City of Murmansk was not captured. The climate and the Russian resistance kept the port and the railway under Allied control.
This statue, which faces North toward the invaders, is high up on a hill and can be seen from many places in Murmansk.
Local people can be seen enjoying the summer sun on the nearby rocks and grass.