Black Tulip War Memorial, Yekaterinburg
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This memorial opened in 1995 is dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers who had died during pointless and ruthless Afghan War. The name Black Tulip is derived from the nickname of An-12 transport aircraft which carried dead bodies of Soviet soldiers back home from Afghanistan. The centrepiece of the memorial is a statue of a sitting soldier holding a rifle. His head is bowed and he is staring fixedly at the ground. Etched upon his face is the emotion of horror, defeat and devastation. Black Tulip War Memorial stands as a compelling reminder to all visitors of Yekaterinburg of inhuman cruelty of war.