"The Monument to a Personal Friend" Rubizhne Off The Beaten Path Tip by hunterV
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If you walk in the Old Town along Smirnov Street, from the city militia administration building, you will soon reach School No.1 built in 1929 - the first city school.
You can see an old monument opposite the school building.
There is neither a memorial plaque or a name there now. Even the nice iron chains that used to adorn the monument as a fence have disappeared. Now the locals may have no idea who this nameless monument was dedicated to.
This monument was built in the twenties to honor Vatslav Vorovsky soon after he had been assasinated.
Not many people in Rubizhne realize now what the city had in common with that Soviet leader.
We, young and naive schoolchildren of the seventies, were told at school that the monument was the first Vorovsky monument in Ukraine.
Vorovsky monument was designed by Samson Lazurenko, a worker of the city chemical factory who had met Vorovsky in person in Odessa and made friends with him.
Samson Lazurenko was the chairman of the city factory's trade unions at that time, which meant he was a Soviet VIP who was even more important than the city mayor. Samson was also a very active Communist party member.
It was Samson Lazurenko who insisted on the erection of that monument in Rubizhne - the monument to his personal friend.
Thanks to the Internet I found out more about Vorovsky.
Vatslav Vorovsky (1871-1923) was a Soviet statesman, the Soviet ambassador in Italy. He was murdered in Lausanne in 1923 by the representatives of the Russian White Guards.
Vatslav Vorovsky (in Polish: Waclaw Worowskij), whose Bolshevik party name was Josephine, and two of his comrades came to Lausanne, Switzerland, to take part at the Middle East conference, although the Soviet delegation had not been invited.
They arrived to Lausanne in the morning of May 10, 1023 and in the evening of the same day during their dinner at the restaurant of Hotel Cecil a 26-year-old citizen of Switzerland Maurice Alexander Conradi (1896-1946), a Russian emigrant of Swiss descent, a member of the Swiss Fascist League, shot Vorovsky on the back of his head and wounded his two comrades.
Maurice Conradi had suffered under the Soviet regime in Russia. The courts acquitted Conradi on November 16 in view of Vorovsky’s participation in Bolshevik crimes against humanity.
The incident brought Switzerland and Russia to a state of extreme tension.
More about that murder
Vorovsky Movie Theater
There is a monument to Vatslav Vorovsky in the area of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Vorovsky was buried in Red Square in Moscow as an outstanding Soviet statesman.
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