The Teardrop monument in New York. Around the base of The Teardrop were the names of all those who died on 9/11 – including 26 Russians. In fact the monument was a gift – an expression of grief – from the people of Russia to the US and officially named 'To the struggle against world terrorism'. Vladimir Putin was there when construction began and Bill Clinton attended the dedication ceremony in 2006. Since then, it has been forgotten.