Monument to Richard Sorge, Baku

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Pay tribute to a man who saved millions of Soviets at Monument to Richard Sorge, in the embassy district of Nasimi. Located in Baku’s Sorge Park, this huge curved slab of concrete features the eyes and forehead of the Soviet-era, Baku-born military intelligence officer who found out about Hitler’s plan to attack the USSR while working as an undercover German journalist in Japan. Erected in 1981 on the initiative of the then President Heydar Aliyev, the monument features fake bullet holes, with the eyes of the sculpture lighting up at night. Sculpted by Soviet artist Vladimir Tsygal, this monument started a trend of building Sorge monuments across the Soviet Union. It's a must-see for Sorge fans and those interested in espionage. Put Monument to Richard Sorge into our Baku online journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I watched a film with actor Iain Glenn (Game of Thrones fame) about this amazing spy who's intelligence changed the course of the war, his information. allowed the command to transfer 18 divisions, 1,...  more »
  • This is a place where very few people visit. But the memorial is very interesting. In the memorial wall, there is a person's eyes/face carving. If you go from left to right, or from right to left, you will feel that this person is chasing you. Actually, the eyes look wicked, like a mole eye. That's what this monument is about: Remember a Russian war hero. He has done mole activities in China, Japan, etc. There are also some books on the internet, his network in China still exists.
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  • First monument scares-then becomes interesting what kind of monument. Cute, well-maintained Park
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  • Monument to Richard Sorge, one of the greatest spy of all time, was opened in May 1981, on the eve of Victory Day, in one of the city’s alleys (now the Richard Sorge Park). The monument to is installed in a park named after him. Sculptor – Vladimir Tsigal, architects – Rasim Aliyev, Leonid Pavlov, Y. Dubov. The monument to Richard Sorge is made in the form of an oblong, curved shape of a bronze plaque resembling a radar installation, in the center of which a relief image of the middle part of Sorge’s face with cut through eyes is given. His focused and studying gaze seems to pierce the man. The monument is designed so that the eyes look at you, in whatever direction you stand. In this generalized-conventional image, the sculptor tried to create a symbol of the Soviet intelligence officer. The photo of the monument was illustrated with an article about Tsigal in the Azerbaijan Soviet Encyclopedia. Sorge soon obtained information about the deployment of a large number of German troops on Germany´s eastern borders. This was a clear signal of a planned attack on the Soviet Union. The date of the offensive was also known – 22 June 1941. Sorge immediately informed the centre about the time of the attack, the number of German divisions, the fact that the offensive would be launched along the whole of the front and that the major targets would be Moscow and Leningrad. However, Stalin doubted the accuracy of this information, because of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact signed between Germany and the USSR on 23 August 1939. This “friendship” agreement was so detailed and comprehensive that Soviet leaders did not believe that Germany could break the agreement, so they disregarded Sorge´s information. As a result, Soviet troops incurred major losses during the first days of the war. Sorge said that despite Germany´s offensive on the USSR, Japan had guaranteed not to attack the Soviet Union in the Far East after 15 September 1941. The agent´s information that Japan was not planning to go to war against the USSR provided grounds for redeploying Soviet troops from Siberia and the Far East to the central areas. Sorge and another active member of the network, Hotsumi Ozaki, were executed on the anniversary of the October Revolution on 7 November 1944. After the execution, Sorge was buried in Tokyo´s prison cemetery. SOURCE: BakuTravelGuide
  • Absolutely incredible. Well worth a visit. Thanks to OceanAir Travels they are very professional and friendly. I definitely recommend other travelers to plan their trips with this company.
  • Great place and very nice I advise everyone who goes to Azar hazahi visit Bijan garden
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  • Richard-concern Park is a memorial that commemorating Richard Sorge. What surprise at the first moment like that so much attention is brought to a German Russian spy here, has a simple reason: Richard Sorge was born in Baku. As a journalist, he worked in China and later in Japan, worked mainly as a spy for the Russians. He sent them the legendary radio message that the Japanese would attack Russia, which allowed the Russians to withdraw the troops from Siberia and to use on the Western front against the German attackers. Richard Sorge was hanged in Japan in 1944 of espionage. The monument consists of a rounded stone, was emphasized in the a game of face with the eyes as a relief. It is a monument, whose Amblick has a mysterious, however the effects skillfully scored, which fits to Richard Sorge. Aesthetically, it's an appealing artwork that attracts even viewers who don't know the reference to persons depicted.
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