Monument to Philanthropist

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Here is also a Monument to Philanthropist – an elderly man leading a horse harnessed to a cart, in which children are sitting. The sculpture by Asiya Minnullina and Andrey Balashov captued Asgat Galimzyanov – one of the most famousr and respected persons in Tatarstan. He was born in 1936, after service in the armed forces he worked in the police, and then became a driver at the Kazan farm market. As he was selling fattened cattle, he spent all the received money to help orphanages in Tatarstan, Chuvashia and Bashkortostan and clients in nursing homes. He helped people after the earthquake in Armenia's Spitak, and those who suffered from the Chernobyl disaster. In 2010, he gave his apartment in the centre of Kazan to migrants from Kazakhstan and returned to live in the uncomfortable wooden house near the Kazan market place. Back in the Soviet times, Asgat Galimzyanov was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor, and in 2007 he won the Saint Andrew prize "For Faith and Loyalty."