Bestuzhev Park

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This small secluded park in the middle of Adler was planted on the alleged scene of the death of Aleksander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, the 19th-century author of popular romantic novellas, a friend of Pushkin’s and Griboyedov’s. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky was exiled to Siberia for his role in the anti-monarchy revolt of 14 December 1825, known as the Decembrist Revolt. In 1829 he was transferred to the Caucasus, where Russia was at war with the mountain folk, to serve as enlisted man. Bestuzhev fought very bravely, and was soon awarded a St. George Cross. He was killed in 1837 during the landing on Cape Adler. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky was not 40 yet. His body was never recovered.

This Bestuzhev memorial park was a local initiative in the early 1910s. A bronze bust of Bestuzhev stands in the middle. Pushkin’s lines are etched on the memorial plaque: “Upon the ruins of autarchy they shall inscribe our names…”