Monument to the victims of the political repression
On the banks of the Neva River is located Kresty Prison (the cross), built in imperial time. During the Great Purge (1937-1938) orchestrated by Stalin, thousands of political prisoners crammed in its cells.
This monument located right in front of the penitentiary commemorates them. Erected in 1905, it is inspired from the sphinx on the University Embankment. Here half the faces of the sphinx reveal a skull.
The granite pedestal has bronze plates, where one can read quotes from writers including some who were victim of the repression. Near the monument on one of the wall, a symbolic cell window carries the words ”To the victims of the political repression”.