So who is "Alyosha" [Алёша] as the locals tenderly call the 40m tall sculpture that can be seen from all parts of the city? It is a monument to the solidiers and sailors who fell in the WWII, the Great Patriotic War, as is the Russian name, or more specifically it is dedicated to the Defenders of the Soviet Arctic. Murmansk is one of the Hero Cities, fiercely resisting the German offensive, and also suffering one of the largest destructions of Soviet cities (after Leningrad and Stalingrad), being bombed nearly to the ground. Apparently, Alyosha is the second tallest statue in Russia and depicts a dignified soldier with a rifle looking towards the West towards Norway -- I bet he can see Kirkenes even without jumping! There is an eternal fire warming up his feet all year round, which comes incredibly handy up here, where standing unprotected the wind pierces sharply through one's clothes and stings the face.
Glafira mentioned it was not always clear that the sculpture will look over the city: the initial plan was to erect it on the Five Corners square, the main plazza in Murmansk. Luckily they did not go for that idea, as at the square Alyosha would be trapped between the proposterous Azimut hotel and equally self-imporant hotel Meridian, and looking only into the ensuite rooms as opposed to the serene fjords.