Russia's Strange and Whimsical Monuments Aug. 18, 2017 - 15:55 The world's first monument to the Invisible Man can be seen in Ekaterinburg Wikicommons This wizard is conjuring up a favorite sweet - chocolate. Pokrov. Wikicommons Here's a monument to Russia's favorite appetizer, the salted pickle. BYOB. Lukhovtsi Alexander Ryumin / TASS St. Petersburg celebrates writer Nikolai Gogol's masterpiece "The Nose" with a monument to that famous proboscis. Elena Palm / TASS The city of Tomsk commemorates The Lover, hanging out of an upper floor window. Apparently forever. Wikicommons For reasons we do not wish to explore, Stavropol has a monument to the enema. Wikicommons As some countries are pulling down their monuments, Russia is holding on to her famous statuary. No, we don't mean Lenin. This is a land with some very whimsical - if not downright odd - public statues.