Curious monument in Taksim Square (Istanbul)

Hello dear.
For a long time I want to visit Istanbul, because I want to see a lot of things there. But I haven’t gotten this way yet, and somehow I have big doubts that I’ll ever get there anyway ... Of course I would like to, but ....
Well, not the essence. On one of the central squares of the Turkish capital, or more precisely Taksim Square, there is a curious monument called the Republic monument (Cumhuriyet Anıtı).
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It is about 12 meters high, and was erected in 1928 according to the design of the Italian architect Pietro Canonica. The monument symbolizes the liberating army and the establishment of the republic. In the central plan, we see the famous Ataturk, accompanied by fellow dinators, such as Mustafa Ismet Inonu and Fevzi Chakmak, as well as ordinary people.
What is he so remarkable, you ask ....
Nuuu ... here it’s about 2 faces, which we can see on the left side of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Take a closer look:
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Maybe not very well seen, but there are 2 familiar silhouette to us:
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One of them is easily recognizable - this is Clement Voroshilov. Yes, yes, the same ally of the Leader of the Peoples and the Commissar of Defense.
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But the second is often mistaken for Mikhail Frunze. But this is not Frunze - this is Semyon Aralov:
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Curious man, by the way. One of the first foreign intelligence leaders of the young Soviet Republic, and an extremely ambiguous personality in those years (accused of organizing the murder of Shchors, and of terror to the families of military specialists, etc.), not even the third, but the twentieth roles that perhaps saved him from the purges of the late 30s.
And his biography is notable for the fact that at the age of 60 he volunteered to join the 21st division of the people's militia in 1941 and went through the whole war in the quartermaster post, organizing the evacuation of ammunition and equipment. Thus, the Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree for collecting on the battlefields in 1944 and sending 229 tanks, 583 vehicles, 127 art. To the rear. guns, 29,534 shells, 1,100,000 rounds of ammunition, 10,706 mortars, 15,395 tons of ferrous metals and other military property
Here is such an interesting person.
Yes, and on the monument, 2 of these people were ordered by Ataturk as a token of gratitude for political, military and financial assistance,rendered by Soviet Russia in the acquisition of independence by Turkey in 1923.
And it turns out that this is the only monument to Aralov, and that in Turkey.
That also happens....
Enjoy your day.

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