World at a Glance: Beslan memorial in San Marino

Beslan Memorial San Marino

World at a Glance is an infrequent series here on Sophie’s World, portraying curious, thought-provoking, happy, sad, wondrous, unexpected little encounters.

Beslan memorial San Marino

Wandering about in the world’s oldest republic, I stumbled upon this statue of a screaming boy, wearing only his underpants. It’s a monument to victims of terrorism, specifically the school massacre in Beslan: On 1 September 2004, first day of the school year, School no. 1 in Beslan in North Ossetia (a small, autonomous republic within the Russian federation) was besieged by 30 Chechen militants. 1128 people were taken hostage. Russian special forces moved in three days later, and when the siege ended, 334 of the hostages were killed. Most were young children.

I stare at the boy for a long time, terror etched into the young face. This little sculpture touches me more than the TV broadcasts from Beslan did. Somehow it seems more real, more tangible – than images projected through a screen.

As one would expect, there are memorials to this tragedy in Caucasus – and in other parts of Russia. But why San Marino? Well, Russian is spoken in many shops and restaurants, indicating a rather large number of Russian tourists in this little country. But is there another reason as well? I don’t know…

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17 Responses to “World at a Glance: Beslan memorial in San Marino”

  1. Leigh 8 April 2013 0353 #

    What a powerful memorial – and a reminder not to forget. Have they done anything like this in Norway tot remember the kids in the shooting?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 April 2013 1047 #

      Yes, there’s a memorial on the mainland across from Utøya (the island where the kids were killed), and there are local ones around the countries in cities and towns where the kids were from.

  2. Mette - Italian Notes 8 April 2013 1334 #

    What’s the connection between Beslan and San Marino?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 April 2013 1232 #

      Very good question – and difficult to find out. But it appears to be a few Beslan memorials in Italy, too – so perhaps an Italian – Russian connection…?

    • Alan 14 August 2015 0332 #

      It’s the Rusian -Putin’s ”oligarhs” trying to buy into Europe’s tax heaven, a money laundering.

      What a nasty Putin’s brigade propaganda trick, The Russians are responsible for the Beslan children deaths!
      They have started the war in Chechnya by blowing up the apartments blocks in Moscow to accuse Chechen separatists.
      They should have provided water and supplies and negociate with the hostage takers in Beslan, instead they have started throwing the fire bombs / grenades at the roof of the school, causing the explosions and killing the children inside. They have done that cynically, to show ‘the martyrs’ to the world, lying about the real facts, as they are lying now about the passenger plane they have shot down ‘by mistake’. They drink too much, and believe in their own drunken lies, that’s the Russian propaganda machine for you, they have no shame at all there!

      They might buy your sculptures, but do not sell your soul to them.

  3. Andrea 8 April 2013 1720 #

    This makes me sad…he looks so desperate

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 April 2013 1233 #

      Very evocative sculpture, I think. Wish I had written down the name of the artist.

      • Alan 14 August 2015 0340 #

        It’s a made up name, straight from the Cinecitta / Passolini, etc.

        Renzo Jarno Vandi
        VANDI RENZO JARNO
        Address : VIA PONTE MELLINI 0118
        Company Number : 6530
        Status : LICENCE CEASED

        Zurab Z. & Co. – Putin’s lakey ‘greatest sculptor of all time’. They have hired a jobless actor, to play a role of a joung sculptor, so concerned for the Beslan children, that he wanted to donate this statue to the ‘captains’ of San-Marino. they are gullible enough to accept this Trojan Horse, – they sit in UNICEFF, that’s why it was so important for Putin’s brigade to push it there. Italian communists are all on his payroll, like the frenchies, etc. And you, Anne-Sophie? What;s your view on Putin’s propaganda machine? Are you from the brigade too? Or, you are a real human? I do hope, you are, so, you might see the point? Cheers!

  4. Salika Jay 12 April 2013 1713 #

    Such a sad story behind this memorial.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 April 2013 1234 #

      Sad, but important to remember.

      • Alan 14 August 2015 0348 #

        YES! Remember who blew the appartment blocks in Mopscow to start the war in Chechnya? Who killed Polytkovskaya, Litvinenko, Nemtsov? The very same person made this mess of a hostages taking and blew them all up, to create ‘the saint martyrs’ – and get himself a halo of a fighter against terrorism.

        Stop your propaganda, ”Anne-Sophie’ you are too Reddish for our liking, have some decency to at least, shut up your big mouth, it’s time to get real. whoever you are. An FSB blog writer – an apologist for the disastrous regime of a thief and mass murderer?

        Fellow travellers, a new breed, with the same old crap!

  5. InsideJourneys 15 April 2013 0105 #

    I remember this tragedy. This memorial is definitely more powerful than what the news reported.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 April 2013 2257 #

      More immediate.

  6. Laura Hoffmann 19 July 2014 2242 #

    Hello , I have the answer to your question about the connection between San Marino and Beslan: San Marino sees itself as a helper for every person in need ..a tradition that is vivid in the country for hundreds of years. Living this role San Marino offered free vacation accompanied by psychotherapy for the vicitims of the massacre in Beslan in 2004. Every time San Marino has helped someone they set up a memorial in honour of their service. That’s why you’ll find this Beslan memorial in San Marino today.:) (I visited the country a few weeks ago and was told this story by a guide)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 July 2014 1040 #

      Thank you very much for that clarification, Laura. I’ve been curious about this.

      • Alan 14 August 2015 0352 #

        Sure, how on earth this was organised? Helping whom? Putin brigade killers to prove, they need support to heal their victims? How kind! What about 7bn US$$ stolen from Russian economy, that goes to buy him support in Europe and everywhere? Not enough left for the victims of his atrocities? Nothing but lies come out of your beloved Kremlin!

  7. Alan 14 August 2015 0353 #

    correction: 70 bn $$US.

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