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Statue depicts Kyiv prince trampling Khazar warrior holding shield with Jewish hexagram

Withers. The monument to Prince Svyatoslav

Vyacheslav Klykov erected his thirteen-meter sculptural group in Kholki, since the northern border of the Khazar Khaganate passed approximately in those parts. The sculptor depicted the Kyiv prince Svyatoslav Igorevich on horseback. His horse tramples a fallen warrior who holds a shield in his hand. The shield depicts the "Star of David" (the Star of David was erased from the shield of the defeated Khazarin, in order to avoid national problems).

Prince Svyatoslav in 964-965 successfully fought against the Khazars and ruined their largest cities - Sarkel on the Don and Itil on the Lower Volga. The question of the Jewish religion of the Khazars has not been resolved in science. It is believed that several religions coexisted in the kaganate, and it is possible that those close to the ruler - the khagan - really accepted Judaism at the turn of the 8th-9th centuries. In any case, the "star of David" as a symbol of the Jews did not yet exist, the earliest mention of it (under the name "shield of David") is contained in a manuscript of the early 12th century.

The sculptor Klykov began with the sculptural decoration of the Central Children's Musical Theater (1979) and the figure of Mercury at the World Trade Center (1982). Since the late 80s, he has been installing monuments to cultural figures in the Russian regions (Rubtsov in Totma, Batyushkov in Vologda, Sergius of Radonezh in Radonezh, Archpriest Avvakum in the village of Grigorov, Nizhny Novgorod Region. Since the 1990s, he has focused on monumental propaganda of "patriotic images" - erected monuments to Cyril and Methodius, Marshal Zhukov (both in Moscow), St. Vladimir (in Chersonese), Nicholas II in the village of Taininsky and in Podolsk, Ilya Muromets in Kaluga, etc. The grand opening of the majestic monument took place on November 15, 2005 in

Svyato - Trinity Kholkovsky Monastery