Topic: Stolypin, Pyotr
On December 27 a monument to Prime Minister of the Russian Empire Pyotr Stolypin was unveiled in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended, laying wreaths at the monument, which is situated near the Russian White House where the Russian Cabinet is situated.
The decision to install the monument was made in March 2011. Money to support the project was collected throughout the world. In July 2011 Vladimir Putin even suggested that members of the cabinet should consider donating a portion of their salaries to fund the monument.
Pavel Pozhigailo, President of the Foundation for Studying Pyotr Stolypin’s Heritage, noted that money was collected throughout Russia, even in the distant villages of the Altai Mountains, Chukotka and Magadan regions. “We even collected more than was needed and used the excess funds to thank those who helped. We sent them books about Stolypin and cards,” Pozhigailo explained.
The sculpture weighs more than three tons and is 4.5 meters tall. Including the pedestal, the monument rises approximately 9 meters from its base. Stolypin is credited for helping boost the Russian economy in a relative short period of time. The inspired reformer who once said “Give me 20 years of peace at home and abroad and you will not recognize Russia,” was fatally wounded by an assassin in Kiev in 1911 without completing the reforms some believe would have saved Russia from revolution. He was laid to rest in the Kiev-Pechorsk Lavra. This year, 2012, marks the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Note: The video includes historic film footage of Stolypin's funeral in 1911.
© Russkiy Mir Foundation. 28 December, 2012
The exhibition Hope of the Tsar dedicated to the 150th anniversary since the birth of the outstanding politician Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin (1862-1911) has opened in the Konyushenny Building of the Yelagin Island Palace Museum.
Stolypin, a prominent statesman and great reformer of the Russian Empire, served as Prime Minister from 1906 to 1911.
On September 14 [O.S. September 1] 1911, while he was attending a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tale of Tsar Saltan at the Kiev Opera House in the presence of Tsar Nicholas II and his two eldest daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatian, Stolypin was shot twice, once in the arm and once in the chest, by Dmitri Bogrov (born Mordekhai Gershkovich), who was both a Jewish leftist radical.
Stolypin was reported to have coolly risen from his chair, removed his gloves and unbuttoned his jacket, exposing a blood-soaked waistcoat. He sank into his chair and shouted "I am happy to die for the Tsar" before motioning to the Tsar in his imperial box to withdraw to safety. The Tsar remained in his position and in one last theatrical gesture Stolypin blessed him with a sign of the cross. The next morning the distressed Tsar knelt at Stolypin's hospital bedside and repeated the words "Forgive me". Stolypin died four days later.
The exhibition is the final event in an extensive program of anniversary events and the largest project dedicated to this memorial date. The Yelagin Ostrov (Island) is one of the few memorial addresses of Pyotr Stolypin in St. Petersburg. In 1906 after an attempt on his life at Aptekarsky Island, that Stolypin and his family were transported here.
The exhibit has been created on the basis of materials from over 15 to 20 archives and museums of the Russian Federation. Some documents and exhibits are displayed for the first time.
State-of-the-art multimedia technologies, among them interactive ones, have been actively employed in the exhibition. One of the interactive exhibits is a model of Yelagin Island which helps allows visitors a better understanding of the history and its role during the period when Pyotr Stolypin and his family lived there.
The exhibition runs till December 15.
© Iskusstvo TV and Paul Gilbert. 06 October, 2012
Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of prominent Russian politician Pyotr Stolypin.
More than 20 conferences, exhibitions and seminars, dedicated to the event, will be held in Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine.
Stolypin served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers under Emperor Nicholas II in Russia between 1906 and 1911.
He is widely known for his agrarian reforms and his push for changing Russia’s electoral legislation.
Stolypin also dissolved the Second State Duma in 1907 in a move that put an end to the 1905 Russian Revolution.
© The Voice of Russia. 14 April, 2012
Kiev's city government spoke against installing a Russian-made monument to a tsarist statesman in the Ukrainian capital.
The gift was proposed by Russian Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev, who wanted to commemorate Pyotr Stolypin in connection with the anniversary of the statesman’s death. Stolypin was shot dead by an assassin in Kiev in 1911.
But the proposal is “either a provocation or an extremely thoughtless move,” Alexander Briginets, head of Kiev legislature’s culture and tourism commission, said on Monday.
“Stolypin’s reforms destroyed Ukrainian peasantry and Ukrainian traditions, forced a large part of the nation to move to Siberia and bled Ukraine dry,” Briginets said, the country’s news agency UNIAN reported.
Avdeyev did not comment on the rejection as of late Monday.
Stolypin was one of the most controversial figures in the history of late tsarist regime, earning a dual reputation for his attempts to modernize Russian agriculture and industrial sector before World War I, but also for his ruthless crackdown on political opposition. Part of his agrarian reform involved voluntary resettling of Russian and Ukrainian peasants to unused land in Siberia.
A memorial to Stolypin was erected in Kiev shortly after his assassination, but destroyed after the revolution of 1917.
The new monument was to be created by prolific Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, whose reputation is the real reason why Kiev City Hall is opposing the gift, Kievpress.net reported in December.
Many of Tsereteli’s oeuvres are tens of meters in size and have sparked allegations of tastelessness. A city official told Kievpress.net on condition of anonymity that the Kiev government intended to “fight [the gift] tooth and nail.”
© RIA Novosti. 30 January, 2012
A monument to Pyotr Stolypin is to be erected in the Siberian city of Omsk.
The monument is planned to be erected on the campus of the Omsk State Agrarian University. The creation and installment of the monument is to be financed by the Pyotr Stolypin Foundation for Development of Russian Culture.
Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin visited Omsk on 6-8 September, 1910, during a trip to the Volga region and Siberia. During his journey he visited the Nikolsky Army Cossack Church, as well as buildings of the Military Assembly and the Migration Department. The results of his journey were later published in the article Trip to Siberia and the Volga Region in 1911.
Stolypin served as Russia's prime minister from July 1906 to September 1911. He was assassinated at the Kiev Opera House on 14 September [O.S. 1 September], 1911, in the presence of Tsar Nicholas II and his two eldest daughters, Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana.
© Russia Info-Centre. 9 June, 2011
Monumental Art Committee at Moscow City Council has approved the idea of setting up a monument to the well-known reformer Pyotr Stolypin.
However, the future place of the monument and its financial source still remain unknown.
In 2002 the Committee already considered the possibility of creating a monument to Stolypin, however the experts then decided that one monument to the reformer in St. Petersburg is enough. Instead, it was decided to put up a monument to the storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. After all it was never established due to the economical crisis.
Next year will be the 150th anniversary since Pyotr Stolypin's birth.
© Russia Info-Centre. 22 March, 2011
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