- Sviatoslav I
(942-972) was a Prince of Rus’. His reign over Rus’ was marked by rapid expansion into the East (the Balkans) and the South (Khazaria). By the end of his short life, Sviatoslav had carved out for himself the largest state in Europe. Due to his abrupt death his conquests were for the most part, not consolidated into a functioning empire.
- Klykov, Vyacheslav
His statue commemorates Sviatoslav’s victory over the Khazars caused unrest before its erection, as reports described the tall equestrian statue as depicting a Rus’ cavalryman trampling a Khazar bearing a Star of David. This created an outcry within the Jewish community. When the statue was unveiled, the shield bore a twelve-pointed star.