- Donskoy, Dmitry
sometimes referred to as Dmitry I (1350-1389), Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of Vladimir was the first prince of Moscow to openly challenge Mongol authority in Russia. His nickname, Donskoy (i.e., “of the Don”), alludes to his great victory against the Tatars in the Battle of Kulikovo (1380), which took place on the Don River. Although the victory did not end the Mongol rule over the Russian principalities, it is widely regarded by Russian historians as the turning point when Mongol influence began to wane and Muscovite power to rise—a process that eventually led to Muscovite independence and formation of the modern Russian state. According to the Russian historian Lev Gumilev, “Russians went to the Kulikovo field as citizens of various principalities and returned as a united Russian nation”
- Klykov, Vyacheslav
(1939 – 2006) was a Russian sculptor who specialized in public monuments to key figures of national history and culture.
The equestrian statue of Dmitry Donskoy appeared in Moscow only in 2014 while the foundation stone on the site of the future monument had been here already since 2003. Work on the creation of the monument was suspended for several years due to the death of the sculptor.