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Russian woman in Shiraz: 190 years later

When visiting the Iranian city of Shiraz, one of the points of my cultural program was the Military Museum of the named city, located in the palace building in the beautiful Afif-Abad garden. Not far from the entrance, in the courtyard in a decent place, I saw a gun, as it seemed to me, of the XIX century. Like an old gunner, I headed straight for her. Of course, I drew attention to the breech of the gun, where, to my delight, I saw the inscription in Russian: "St. Petersburg", and then - in Farsi and Russian:

“The gun was presented to the representative of the Persian court at the conclusion of peace in the throne of the throne, Abbas Mirz, from the Russian Emperor Nicholas I, to the sign of friendship.”

The Turkmanchay Treaty is a peace treaty between Russia and Persia, signed in February 1828. This treaty marked the end of the last Russian-Persian war (1826 – 1828). After that, a rapprochement between Russia and Persia began, which lasted until 1917, when a new stage began in relations between our states.

Unfortunately, there is no explanatory plate near the gun, and a pointer is placed under it that has nothing to do with the gun. None of the Iranians reads the Farsi inscription, since the cannon rests on its breech in a beautiful flower bed, and it’s uncomfortable to approach it from the back: I myself slightly squeezed this flower bed, making the pictures presented here. Therefore, the Iranians, with pleasure taking pictures next to the cannon, do not understand the historical significance of this exhibit, which, in fact, has become historical a symbol of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Iran, taking place to be in our time. This is also relevant in connection with the current political situation in the Near and Middle East, when our countries act as allies in the fight against international terrorism and in opposing US aggression.

Here I appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation represented by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Iran and to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation represented by the military attaché of the said embassy with a request to pay attention to this position of the historical monument and, if possible, correct it in memory of our ancestors and in respect of the common Russian-Iranian history.

Later I learned that several samples of the same casting cannons are stored in the Saadabad Military Museum (the residence of the Persians, and from 1935 of the city - the Iranian shahs). I didn’t see them with my own eyes, because the museum was closed to visitors on the day I visited Saadabad. In Shiraz, there is only one such gun.

Every Russian who is in Shiraz! Bring there our compatriot. She's lonely there ...

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The rapprochement of Russia and Persia in the XIX century (according to materials of the RGVIA and the pre-Soviet publications)

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  1. Olgovich
    Olgovich 8 September 2018 06: 08
    Turkmanchay treatise - a peace treaty between Russia and Persia, signed in February 1828. This treaty marked the end of the last Russo-Persian war (1826–1828).

    A cannon is a gift to the ... Peace Treaty. This is like a hint!
    1. Conductor
      Conductor 8 September 2018 06: 46
      Yes, if anything, then they could have smelled. General Kotlyarevsky, the Persians should have been well remembered.
  2. XII Legion
    XII Legion 8 September 2018 07: 38
    Here is a Russian woman! Visually and angrily)
    Thank you!
  3. Curious
    Curious 8 September 2018 08: 34
    At the signing of the Turkmanchay Treaty, Russia was represented by Field Marshal I.F. Paskevich and prominent diplomat A.M. Obreskov, and Iran was the heir to the Persian Shah Abbas-Mirza.
    The conclusion of peace was celebrated in the capital of the Russian Empire with special solemnity. Emperor Nicholas I generously awarded I.F. Paskevich for peace, having allocated him a million rubles in banknotes from the indemnity taken and made him count dignity for joining the Armenian lands in Russia.
    Abbas Mirza, who concluded such an agreement with Russia that is so advantageous to her, was not ignored by the award. Emperor Nicholas I donated to him eighteen cannons with full ammunition, as well as his portrait with jewelry for wearing on his chest on a blue ribbon.
    The author saw one of these eighteen guns in Shiraz.

    In the military museum, which is located in the Shahram palace of the Saadabad palace complex in Tehran, there are three "Turkmanchay guns". They are in the photo.
    I wonder if someone knows the story of the rest?
    1. Conductor
      Conductor 8 September 2018 10: 00
      One million rubles !! in those days! this is where it is so surreal.
      1. Curious
        Curious 8 September 2018 10: 03
        Given that the entire indemnity amounted to 20 million rubles.
  4. vladcub
    vladcub 8 September 2018 12: 07
    The Turkmanchay peace treaty was preceded by quite significant events. There is material about them on the site for 2013. About the defense of the Shusha fortress. There is a book about this. Igor Loshilov "The battery holds the redoubt". The author describes in artistic form the events of the Russian-Persian war of 1826-1828.
    Abbas Mirza, who is mentioned here, commanded the 60 thousandth army invading the Republic of Ingushetia, and the entire Caucasian corps totaled 14 hours. Thanks to the courage and courage of Russian soldiers, police detachments of Caucasians, the Persians neck of memory. All this can be read on the website and in the book of Loshchilov.
  5. Nagaibak
    Nagaibak 8 September 2018 18: 28
    In the city of Sheki of Azerbaijan in the fortress there is also a Russian cannon.
  6. Roni
    Roni 8 September 2018 23: 15
    And wherever you find Russian guns!
    Even at the antipodes in Melbourne, a gift from the England colony as a trophy of the Crimean War.

    (I apologize for the pinned photo)
    1. Nagaibak
      Nagaibak 9 September 2018 14: 28
      That's for sure.)))
      1. Nagaibak
        Nagaibak 9 September 2018 14: 30
        This is information about the origin of the gun in the Sheki fortress.
  7. Warrior2015
    Warrior2015 12 September 2018 01: 41
    Well, Russia today also supplies Iran with some kind of super-weapon - various centrifuges, properly enriched uranium, etc. So everything is like then, 200 years have passed - and the laws of good neighborhood have not been canceled.