Car thief Yuri Detochkin monument in Samara
First of all, it is a monument to the outstanding Russian actor Innokenty Smoktunovsky. Here he is in the role of Yuri Detochkin, main character of the Soviet movie directed by Eldar Ryazanov “Beware of the Car” (1966). The monument decorates Komsomolskaya Square near Samara Railway Station. In addition, the monument commemorates the 85th anniversary of Eldar Ryazanov, native of Samara (November 18, 1927- 30 November 2015). They say, it was Yuri Nikulin, who gave an idea for the new film to Eldar Ryazanov. In 1960s, Nikulin learned the story about the Soviet Robin Hood from Samara tour. In short, the man stole cars of corrupt and dishonest people, and sent money to children orphan houses.
Meanwhile, the bronze sculpture has height of 2.2 meters and weighs 470 kg. According to the film, Yuri Detochkin is an insurance agent by profession, actor of amateur theater by interest, and car thief by duty. And the sculpture shows the final scene of the film. Released from a jail, Detochkin stands in front of a trolley-bus, where his beloved is a driver; and in a welcoming hand gesture, and with a smile, he says “Hello, Lyuba, I’m back!”.