If you are walking along the stretch of the Fontanka River between the Anichkov Bridge (which crosses Nevsky Prospekt and has the four horse tamer statues) and the white and blue Troitsky (Trinity) Cathedral, it is likely that you are near a small street called Pereulok Dzhambula. This street is easy to miss, as it’s quite unassuming, but if you have some time, definitely take a turn and check it out.
Inset into this lane is a small square with a statue of Dzhambul Dzhabaev, a famous 19th- and 20th-century Kazakh poet. In the midst of the very European-looking city center of St. Petersburg, this statue is a reminder that the former Soviet Union covers a vast territory spanning both Europe and Asia.
While many of us think of St. Petersburg as the home of literary greats such as Dostoevsky, Akhmatova, and Pushkin, the city also pays tribute to many lesser-known figures such as Dzhambul Dzhabaev, who in fact received the State Stalin Prize of the second order in 1941 for his works of poetry.