The letter written to Turkish Sultan by Zaporozhian Cossacks is a legend dated back to ХVII century. Cossacks wrote it in response to the demand of Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire to surrender. Love of jokes, boldness, self- assertiveness and confidence in their mates incited the Cossacks to reply with an offensive and spiteful letter.

The letter and the epoch inspired Russian painter Ilya Repin to create a painting “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire”. In the summer of 1888 he visited Kuban in order to collect material in the authentic environment of Kuban Cossacks, who are descendants of Zaporozhian Cossacks. After that I. Repin completed his 11-year work on the canvas, which was recognized as a masterpiece of Russian historical painting of ХIХ century.

Ilia Repin

120 years later the sculpture based on this painting was erected in Krasnodar in Krasnaya street. The idea belongs to Krasnodar Administration. The author is sculptor Valeriy Pchelin.

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