We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great monument with secret))”

Panikovski Monument
Ranked #43 of 498 things to do in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Los Angeles, California, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great monument with secret))”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

you should see it especially if you like literature masterpieces of Ilf and Petrov. try to see what is on the bottom of his shoe))

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Oleksandra K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

78 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Kiev, Ukraine
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Look with mirrow under his foot :-)”
Reviewed 9 May 2012

ITs nice monument but mainly for slavic people who understand what its about

Visited November 2011
1 Thank Anna G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
320 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,025 helpful votes
“Bitter irony of the “third son of Lieutenant Schmidt””
Reviewed 11 August 2011

This monument to Mikhail Samuelevych Panikovski, a scammer and an impostor, “the third son of Lieutenant Schmidt”, is one of my favourite in Kyiv.

Panikovski was a literature hero of “The Little Golden Calf”, satiric novel by famous Soviet writers Illya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov that used to be a cult back in Soviet times. Just like millions of other people of my generation, I can quote this fabulous novel by heart.
Also, the monument has been portrayed by its sculptors Volodymyr Schur and Vitali Sivko after Zinovi Gerdt, the greatest Soviet actor who had brilliantly played Panikovski in the respective movie. Zinovi Gerdt made this thief and scam artist truly charming!

So it’s no wonder I never miss a chance to approach this awesome monument whenever I’m nearby.

Panikovski, according to the novel, had been making his living not far from this place on Prorizna where the statue was established. The monument captures one moment of the “working day” of this “Greatest Blind”: Mikhail Samuelevych is crossing Khreshchatyk with the help of some compassionate passer-by, and his left hand is reaching the poor fellow’s pocket. This is why his posture is so unusual, and you might see people having their pictures taken with the monument’s hand in their pockets.

There’s another hidden trick about this monument that we, locals, know, but many visitors might miss.

Look down at his feet: Panikovski is stepping on the coin. We believe that touching his shoe or dropping a coin near this statue brings financial soundness. But if you look in the mirror at his shoe bottom, you’ll see... (better look at the picture attached). That was the authors’ joke – they wanted people to bow to this greatest scammer, but also to warn them against being too naïve and gullible.

Panikovski monument is adored by Kyivans, me including. Unfortunately, it’s is also fancied by vandals that steal its walking stick from time to time. What a bitter irony!

Visited August 2011
9 Thank Cora_v
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Panikovski Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing