The event marks the military commander’s 290th birth anniversary. The monument was erected by the Russian Military History Society at the generalissimo’s family estate in the village of Kitysh. Peter the Great presented the estate to Suvorov’s grandfather for his merits before the Tsar and the Motherland.
The monument was designed by architect Konstantin Fomin and sculptors Vladimir Blagoveshchensky and Andrei Korobtsov under the national project Culture.
Speaking at the official ceremony, Vladimir Medinsky noted: “For everyone who loves Russian military history, Alexander Suvorov is an example of a warrior, soldier, commander and Russian patriot. Russian soldiers selflessly entrusted their lives to him because he shared food, blood and battlefield risks with them. He was a genius. Suvorov lives and will continue to live in the heart of every soldier.”
“Suvorov continued the cause of Alexander Nevsky. The 18th century military commander considered Alexander Nevsky to be his heavenly patron, and Suvorov was also inspired by his life,” Igor Shchegolev noted.
Valery Gerasimov noted that Suvorov defeated his enemies using unconventional methods of warfare. “Suvorov wrote the simplest treatise on the art of war. Nothing is simpler than his work called The Science of Victory. Suvorov’s heritage lives in the Russian Army,” the Chief of the General Staff noted.
After the official ceremony, the guests visited the building of the future Suvorov Museum and were shown a project for establishing an architectural-historical complex in the village of Kistysh. In particular, work is underway there to rebuild the Church of St Basil, built with Suvorov funds on their estate’s grounds.