Monument to the boy Vova

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Monument to the boy Vova

At the fountain, near the Rybnitsa police station, there is a statue of a boy who was about to draw water from the fountain. In Ribnita it’s called “the Monument to the boy Vova”.

The legend says, that at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War several wounded Soviet soldiers, who were surrounded, hid in ruins near the town. They were accidentally found by Vova – a ten-year-old boy from Rybnitsa. The soldiers asked him to bring some water.

The boy carried water to the wounded for several weeks.

One day he was tracked by the Germans. Vova realized, that he was under surveillance and led the Germans away from the soldiers. Running away, the boy hid in a haystack. But the occupants burned the whole field and the boy died. The rescued soldiers, meanwhile, were able to leave the town unnoticed and survive the war. After the victory, they built a monument to the brave boy at their own expense. The monument was brought to Rybnitsa right after the war.