On the platform of the Kharkov Railway Station there is a sculpture of the character Father Fedor from the novel "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilf and Petrov. The reason for the erection of this monument was the fact that according to the book, father Fedor wrote a letter to his wife at the Kharkov station. Moreover, in Kharkov Ilf and Petrov began their careers. Initially, the idea of the monument that belonged to Konstantin Kevorkian - the director of the TV channel "First Capital" and the deputy of Kharkov City Council, was refused. However, less than three months later, Kharkov citizens and visitors could admire the bronze "Father Fedor".
The pedestal of the monument contains a quote from a letter of Father Fedor to his wife: "Kharkov is a bustling city, center of the Ukrainian Republic. After the province it seems like you are abroad". There is also an inscription "From First Capital – to Father Fedor", and the presentation inscription from the authorities of Ukrainian Southern Railway.
The bronze sculpture depicts a Father Fedor carrying in his right hand an envelope with a letter and in the left - a kettle. The prototype of the monument was a Soviet actor Mikhail Pugovkin, who played Father Fedor in one of the book adaptations. According to Aleksander Tabatchikov, the sculptor who created the monument, Pugovkin brilliantly managed to give life to the image of a literary character in the movie.
The sculpture is 170 cm high, and the approximate weight is 300 kg. Construction of the monument took about six months, and it was opened in 2001.
Konstantin Kevorkian believes that in the nearest future the monument will become a symbol of the city, and the platform will be a venue of various informal events.