Monuments to Bear in Russia

Bear on  the bench. Monument in Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod the Great), Russia

Bear on the bench. Monument in Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod the Great), Russia

According to some authors, Monuments to Bear in Russia is a materialization of the good old stereotype of foreigners about Russia, where “bears are walking along the streets”. Most monuments to a bear in the world are located in Russia, which is naturally, as the bear symbolizes our country. Russian Bear – the personification of Russia, “the attribute of the Russian state and substitute its supreme ruler”. Bear is seen on the first maps of the Russian state. On the “Sea map”, compiled and equipped with a commentary by the Swedish priest Olaus Magnus (1490-1557) in 1539, there is a bear – a marker of the Russian state.

Bear with a bass in Veliky Novgorod

Bear with a bass in Veliky Novgorod

Bear with a fish in Ostrogorsk

Bear with a fish in Ostrogorsk

Green sculpture of bear in Belgorod

Green sculpture of bear in Belgorod

'Here begins Russia'. The entrance to Elizovo, Kamchatka

‘Here begins Russia’. The entrance to Elizovo, Kamchatka

'Here begins Russia'. The entrance to Elizovo, Kamchatka

‘Here begins Russia’. The entrance to Elizovo, Kamchatka

Kudym-Osh. The hero of the ancient epic of Permian Komis. Osh at the Permian Komi - bear

Kudym-Osh. The hero of the ancient epic of Permian Komis. Osh at the Permian Komi – bear. Forest hero, a defender from the enemy, the national hero. According to legend, he taught people to build a fire, melt metals, build huts. The colossal power, decency and justice – these qualities had been given to a national hero

Monument to a bear at the entrance to the colony in Velsk, Arkhangelsk region. Made by prisoners

Monument to a bear at the entrance to the colony in Velsk, Arkhangelsk region. Made by prisoners

Monument to a bear in Petrozavodsk, Karelia

Monument to a bear in Petrozavodsk, Karelia

Monument to a bear was erected in Perm in 2009. It is a reflection of the stereotypes of foreigners about Russia

Monument to a bear was erected in Perm in 2009. It is a reflection of the stereotypes of foreigners about Russia

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Monument to a Bear with fish in Millennium Park of Yaroslavl. Luxurious gift from Zurab Tsereteli

Monument to a Bear with fish in Millennium Park of Yaroslavl. Luxurious gift from Zurab Tsereteli

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Monument to cartoon characters' Masha and the Bear'. Close to 18 A Narva Avenue, St. Peturburg

Monument to cartoon characters’ Masha and the Bear’. Close to 18 A Narva Avenue, St. Peturburg

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Monument to Krylov's fable 'Quartet' in St. Petersburg

Monument to Krylov’s fable ‘Quartet’ in St. Petersburg

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Monument to polar bear 'Umka'

Monument to polar bear ‘Umka’

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Perm, sculpture 'Legend of Perm Bear'

Perm, sculpture ‘Legend of Perm Bear’

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Sculpture of a bear and a monkey. Considered to be one of the most unusual monuments in Russia. Located in Sludyanka

Sculpture of a bear and a monkey. Considered to be one of the most unusual monuments in Russia. Located in Sludyanka

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Sculpture of bear and cubs in Dubki, Novokuibyshevsk

Sculpture of bear and cubs in Dubki, Novokuibyshevsk

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Sculpture of polar bear in Beloretsk

Sculpture of polar bear in Beloretsk

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Stone sculpture of bear in Vyborg

Stone sculpture of bear in Vyborg

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Want honey - take care of nature, says the bear

Want honey – take care of nature, says the bear

Monuments to Bear in Russia. Wooden sculpture of bears in Saransk

Wooden sculpture of bears in Saransk

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