Ukrainian poet, artist, prose writer and ethnographer, Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) was first-hand acquainted with our country.

In 1847, by recruitment, he was assigned to military service as an ordinary soldier in the Separate Orenburg Corps in the west of Kazakhstan. A severe punishment for him was the prohibition to write and draw. "All my former sufferings," says Shevchenko in a letter of 1847, "in comparison with the present, there were children's tears. It's bitter, unbearably bitter. " However, 10 years of exile did not pass for Taras Grigorievich's talent in vain, the National Museum of Ukraine contains dozens of paintings in which he vividly and vividly reflected the life and way of life of Kazakhs. The monument of Taras Shevchenko is established in Almaty. This is a gift of a group of Ukrainian sculptors led by Vitaly Rozhik, in honor of the ninth anniversary of Ukraine's independence in 2000. Manufactured from granite mined in Zhytomyr region, it is interesting for its non-standard performance. From stone, irregular shape, rough processing, there is surprisingly strong image of Taras Grigorievich. On the front of the pedestal is a facsimile of the poet's signature. The bust is fixed in such a way that the kobzar looks at the street that goes west, bearing his name.