A monument to Taras Shevchenko has been opened in the Russian city of Novosibirsk Sept. 29 at the intersection of Kirova and Shevchenko Streets. Rub 3 million has been earmarked to put up a bronze bust.

Novosibirsk residents have raised money for the sculpture, while money for a granite pedestal has been allocated from the local budget. A willow brought from Mangyshlak peninsula (where Shevchenko was once exiled) has been planted next to the monument. Also a rally, at which the bandura players ensemble performed, was held during the opening ceremony, reports RBC-Ukraine citing local sources.

Shevchenko’s quote in Ukrainian language "... hug, my brothers, I pray you, I implore ..." has been engraved on the pedestal.

The monument creators- architect Alexander Skorobogatko, painter Alexander Krutikov and sculptor Boris Ulyanov - Novosibirsk residents with Ukrainian roots.

It is worth mentioning that a Shevchenko’s bust made from his death mask is being kept in the Art Museum.