May 15, 2020

Well, Well, Well...


Well, Well, Well...
Well worth the price. Kurgan Oblast Duma website: kurganoblduma.ru

The newest monument to Soviet Marshal Grigory Zhukov is a little out of the ordinary, and out of the way.

The Siberian village of Yelnichnaya dedicated the Grigory Zhukov Well over Victory Day, to commemorate the WWII officer.

According to locals, Zhukov often spent time in the area hunting and drinking from this very well. This year, town authorities refurbished the well and dedicated a plaque on the site.

Zhukov was a major player in Russia's efforts against Germany in 1941-1945. He helped organize the defenses of major Russian cities and plan the counterattacks at Kursk and the push to Berlin.

Amid the patriotic fervor of this year's Victory Day celebrations, this development should come as no surprise.

Marshal Zhukov was played by Jason Isaacs in the 2017 satirical film The Death of Stalin.

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