Vladivostok gained a new monument over the weekend as a statue of American citizen Eleanor L. Pray, who lived in the city from 1894 to 1930, was unveiled to the public.
Pray became famous for her letters chronicling her family life and the social and political changes in Vladivostok and Russia during her time there.
She wrote over 2,000 letters from the time of Tsar Alexander the Third to the early years of Stalin's rule and took many pictures of developing Vladivostok, becoming an icon in the eyes of the city's public when her epistolary works were published.
The statue is placed near the house where Pray lived. Mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev, representatives of Primorsky Krai territorial administration, the donator of the project and others took part in the opening ceremony. Patrons and officials delivered the opening remarks.
"We heard about the opening, and today walking nearby we made a stop and took pictures of the statue. We have read the letters of Eleanor Pray, and her loving description of Vladivostok has warmed our hearts," local residents Tatiana Malinova and Mariya Afanasieva told Xinhua.