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Well, I know I am not totally objective on Dubna. But, this is the only place I know in Russia where I can walk in the streets at any hour of day and night and encounter no dangers.
Then, the drivers are certainly more courteous here than in bigger cities and will *not* try do their outmost best to run you down with their cars. Few drunk people in the streets, again...
Updated Mar 26, 2003
During the Soviet era I would have been obliged to put this one as first in the ?Must See? category. Presuming there would have been Internet and VirtualTourist here, of which I would have been doubtful? But that?s off topic, for I try to keep travel and politics safely separated from each other - not the attitude you could expect from a political science student:)))
But let?s go back to our monuments? This one is one of the biggest ones to Lenin that exist (or existed), or even it was the biggest - that I can not tell with 100% certainty. It is little visited for it is not strictly inside the town zone, but rather in one of those big water-and-greenery zones that do formally belong to Dubna. Built long ago, it then had company - there was an identical statue to Stalin, but we were rid of that even before the Soviet Union collapsed. I believe, though, that there?s still the pedestal of the monument to Stalin standing. Another sight of the Soviet era?
I actually wondered why the Lenin statue is still standing? Maybe because the people here (and we are not a communist city - just look up our voting records!!!) thought it was somehow wrong to bring down the memories of the past - however gruesome it might have been?
Written Oct 1, 2003