0829 GMT August 22, 2019
The four acclaimed Persian poets whose statues were unveiled at the ceremony were Roudaki (born c. 859), regarded as the first great literary genius of Modern Persian language; the great composer of lyric poems, Hafez (born in 1315), whose collected works are regarded as the pinnacle of Persian literature; Sa’di (born in 1210), widely known as “The Master of Speech,” with his masterpieces ‘Bustan’ (The Orchard) and ‘Golestan’ (The Rose Garden); Ferdowsi (born c. 940), the author of ‘Shahnameh’ (Book of Kings), the national epic poem of Iran.
The project has been planned and carried out in the past few months through the efforts of the Iranian Embassy in Moscow.
The embassy had installed the statues of a number of other Iranian cultural figures on Russian streets, including the statue of Persian poet and mathematician, Khayyam (born 1048), in Astrakhan in southern Russia two years ago.
A statue of Ferdowsi was installed at the Foreign Literature Library of Moscow some 20 years ago, with the efforts of the Iranian side.
A photo gallery of Iranian ambassadors to Russia from over 400 years ago up to the present time is also to be unveiled in the future.
The sculpted representations of four more Iranian poets and famous cultural personalities are also to be installed in the cities of Vladikavkaz, Makhachkala, Nizhny Novgorod and Saint Petersburg by the Iranian Embassy in the near future.
Zarif arrived in Moscow on May 7 to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on JCPOA and several other regional and international issues.