Nikolay Przhevalsky, in full Nikolay Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky, (born March 31 [April 12, New Style], 1839, Smolensk, Russia—died October 20 [November 1], 1888, Karakol, Russian Empire [now in Kyrgyzstan]), Russian traveler, who, by the extent of his explorations, route surveys, and plant and animal collections, added vastly to geographic knowledge of east-central Asia.
The monument to Nikolay Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky in the Alexander Gardens was sculpted by Ivan Shreder and installed in 1892. At the top of a granite base, representing a cliff face, is a larger than life bust depicting a moustached Przhevalsky from the mid-chest up. He is looking straight ahead. His hair is worn straight back and he is wearing a double breasted uniform with a medal on the right side and high collar. Braids are wrapped over his right shoulder. An inscription on the granite base is written in Cyrillic and identifies the subject buy last name.
At the base of the pedestal is a life-size bronze sculpture of a Bactrian camel, his mode of transportation on his expeditions. The double-humped camel is sitting on all four legs while wearing a camel blanket and a large packed bag.
Przhevalsky's uncanny resemblance to Josef Stalin has generated the urban legend that his is the father of Stalin. However, there is no record that Nikolay Przhevalsky ever travelled to Georgia, Stalin's birthplace.
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