In the nearby plain of Albesti was the site of the Battle of Segesvár, where the revolutionary Hungarian army led by Józef Bem was defeated by the Russian army led by Luders on 31 July 1849. A monument was constructed in 1852 to the Russian general Skariatin, who died in the battle.
More information about the battle here
The popular story tell us that a lion come to general grave to protect him. After a long watch, on morning the peasants found it petrified.
PS. the statue is NOT on private property, so don't hesitate to go near it