Monument to Richard Sorge, Baku

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Pay tribute to a man who saved millions of Soviets during WWII at the Monument to Richard Sorge, in the 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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Baku holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Monument to Richard Sorge and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Not a lot to see here - but the monument itself is pretty cool - and fitting to the shadowy character that Rixard Zorge was. He was mostly a spy for the Soviet Union between the world wars - and...  more »
  • A tribute to a great Russian spy who's activity contributed a lot to the victory of allies in World War II. I remembered the great french movie: " Qui Etes-vous,dr. Sorge?" about this, maybe...  more »
  • If you like history war spy and movies.You must come here. The statue and the park A good place to spend time with your friends and family.  more »
  • Very abstract monument. As a nonexpert I can only guess that the eyes give message that they are watching you.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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