Marshall Zhukov Statue, Moscow
Equestrian statue of Marshal Georgy Zhukov at the Manege Square was made by Vyacheslav Klykov in 1995. It is located right outside the entrance to the Red Square.
Zhukov was one of the most brilliant Soviet military commanders. He was one of many Russian historic controversy. I heard and read that many historicist considerate him to be just as controversial and mysterious as Joseph Stalin.
The Russians love their war heroes, so it should not be a surprise to any visitor to Moscow to find a plethora of plaques, statues and busts dedicated to heroic soldiers, generals, marshalls and tacticians who helped the Soviet army defeat Nazi Germany. One of the most prominent such statues is the one dedicated to Marshall Zhukov, which stands in Manezhnaya Square, just in front of the Moscow State Historical Museum. It was erected in 1995 to mark 50 years since the Soviet victory over the Nazis, and was sculpted by Vyacheslav Klykov. It's a very interesting statue, and not just for those who are history buffs. On first glance it just appears to be a rider on a horse, but it requires a close up, in depth view of the statue to really take in the intricacy of the entire piece, including the symbolism of the various objects under Zhukov's horse.
On premeditation master Klikov - the author of the monument, marshal Zhukov as the triumpher should bear the Victory on the Red Square, trampling fascist standards. But it has received so that the winner galloped in the counter party - to the Maneghnaya square.
Moscovites don't like this monument unfortunately. In my opinion it doesn't suite the place.
The northern approach to Red Square is a lively area where there always seems to be a crowd and something going on. Overlooking it all is the mounted statue of Marshall Zhukov, the USSR's wartime hero who accepted the surrender of Berlin, captured here in bronze just as he looked when he led the army in to Red Square for the Victory Parade at the end of WWII, or, as it is known in Russia -The Great Patriotic War.
The statue of the horse & rider located in front of the Historical Museum (well, on the Manezhnaya Ploshchad side, at least) is of WWII heroic defender Marshall Zhukov.
It was erected in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII. Zhukov's ashes are buried in the nearby Kremlin Wall.