Top 10 Statues of Russia (and former USSR)


10. Monument to Minin & Pozhavsky

Nizhny Novgorod

Minin and Pozharsky liberated Moscow from foreign clutches.

Their feat was commemorated by the construction of the Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, which was commissioned in 1812 to mark the bicentennial of this event, and was to be placed in Minin’s hometown of Nizhny Novgorod. However, Tsar Alexander I felt the statue was more appropriate for Moscow, where to this day it sits in Red Square, in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Luckily for the citizens of Nizhny Novgorod, a copy of this statue was erected in 2005, finally giving the city the recognition it had long been due.


9. Novosibirsk, Russia

Lenin and Acolytes Directing Traffic”



8. Victorious Warrior Statue

Omsk, Russia

When crossing the Irtysh River over to the left bank, one can see one of the most beautiful parks of our city named after the 30th anniversary of the Victory. In 1975 the Victory Memorial was inaugurated in the park. This complex begins at the bus-stop next to the road. An underground passage, wide stairs and path will take you to the central square. From this square one can easily reach the compositional center of the complex, where you find the 14 meter tall sculpture of Soldier-Victor………



7. Freedom Statue

Samara, Russia

The Freedom Statue is an impressive work of art close to Samara’s City Hall, and after appreciating the craftsmanship of this iconic building you can then take advantage of the breath-taking views of the Volga River and Zhiguli mountains.




6. Duke de Richelieu Statue

Odessa, Ukraine

Duke de Richelieu was an eminent personality who played significant role in Odesa’s formation and development, and his statue that rises atop the legendary Potemkin Stairs is one of the Southern Palmyra’s most famous symbols.

The list of de Richelieu’s great services to this southern town, which he called the best pearl in the Russia’s crown, is endless. Being governor of Odesa and then its governor-general, the Duke became Odesa’s true benefactor. Local residents highly respected him and called him ‘our duke’. It was de Richelieu who assured the tax burden removal from the Southern Palmyra and, therefore, young town’s prosperity and active development. Under his rule it turned into large trade port. Odesa owes rush development of industry, agriculture, science and culture also to Duke de Richelieu.



5. Monument to the Soviet Tatar poet

and resistance fighter Musa Jalil

in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia

Mussa Jalil was born on February 15, 1906 and died August 25, 1944. He was a Soviet Tatar poet and resistance fighter. He is the only poet of the Soviet Union who was simultaneously awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union award for his resistance fighting, and the Lenin Prize for authoring The Moabit Notebooks; both the awards were awarded to him posthumously. There is a statue erected to Soviet Tatar poet and resistance fighter in Kazan, Russia the monument is near the Kazan Kremlin, and opened in 1983.



4. Monument to Yuri Gagarin

Moscow, Russia

Russian’s most famous cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934, in Kluchino not far from Moscow, Russia. Gagarin became the first person in space when he flew aboard the Vostok spacecraft in April 1961. He orbited the earth a single time on this historic flight. His space flight remained in orbit for 1 hour and 48 minutes before it descended to earth again. Tragically Gagarin died in a mysterious plane crash in 1968. One of the craters on the far side of the moon was later named after him. The town of Kluchino was also renamed Gagarin in 1968.



3. The Bronze Horseman

St. Petersburg, Russia

When walking on Senate Square, where the Decembrist uprising took place, you will see the first and most impressive monument built in St Petersburg: The Bronze Horseman.

The Bronze Horseman is a Russian monument dedicated to Peter the Great, founder of the city and ruler of the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire. As one of the major St Petersburg attractions this is definitely a must-see.



2. Mother of the Fatherland Statue

Kiev, Ukraine

The Mother of the Fatherland statue stands tall and can be seen in most places in Kiev. Built in 1981 the stainless steel statue is roughly 203 ft tall. At the time of the statue being finished it was the tallest statue in the world and is even smaller than the Statue of Liberty in New York. Beside the statue is the Museum of the Great Patriotic War.


1. Mother Motherland Calls

  Volgograd, Russia

Mamayev Kurgan (Russian: Мамаев Курган) is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in Southern Russia. The name in Russian means “tumulus of Mamai“.

The original Mamayev Kurgan was a Tatar burial mound 102 meters high. The current formation is dominated by a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943). The battle was a decisive Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern front of World War II and arguably the bloodiest battle in human history.[2] At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue named The Motherland Calls formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.


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