The city lake in located in the northern part of the city.
The lake has a beach, a bar and a water cycle hiring station.
The lake looks clean enough and we saw there were many people bathing there, although it was not a weekend.
There are several springs that keep the lake water clean.
Still, officially it is forbidden to bathe here due to huge ecological pollution of water.
The city local lore museum is perhaps the only place where it is possible to kiss Comrade Lenin's bust on the cheek or forehead without having to use the ladder.
The thing is the Lenin's bust is so huge that eight young men had to carry it into the hall.
It used to stand at one of the local vocational schools.
Now the bust is deprived of its pedestal (which I found symbolic, too!) and merely stands on the floor, thus making it very easy to embrace the head, kiss it or even sit on Comrade Lenin's shoulder, which would have been unthinkable about twenty years ago... Do you think anybody would mind your creative photo session with Lenin's bust? I wouldn't.
Picture 2: Heroes poster at the entrance to the museum.
Several city residents became Heroes of the Soviet Union during the war.
Picture 3: World War II hall, Kirovsk local lore museum.
This pictures shows a diarama representing the battle for Kirovsk and an arrow with a German inscription Golubowka. This is how the town was called during the Nazi occupation.
Picture 4: World War II hall, Kirovsk local lore museum.
Zither, an old German musical instrument.
This musical instrument was presented to the museum as a gift from a Worl War II veteran who had taken that zither and the unusual cup from Germany as a memory souvenir.
This statue is not just a portrait, but a symbol.
It is a symbol of the Communist party leadership: wise, strong and inflexible.
Kirov looks like a Soviet saint - the position to which he was elevated after his sudden death in 1934.
No other Soviet leader deserved or received such a posthumous honor as him. It is a rather strange phenomenon I must say.
You only have to study history a bit more to understand that it was a kind of a plan to make him a martyr, an idol and to justify the purges by saying that Kirov had been murdered by the public enemies.
It was disputed whether Kirov had been killed in the corridor of the Communist Party HQ in Leningrad by a solo killer or by his own guard "on the high request and by the decision from above"...
Please take a look at an interesting story about Kirov’s death here.
The monument is located in Kirov Square in front of the local leisure center.
This is one of the most special Kirov monuments I have ever seen.
It represents one of the Soviet idols – Sergey Kirov - the Communist party boss of Leningrad region, who was murdered in his office in the Smolny Institute that housed the Communist party regional committee on December 1, 1934.
His death was used by the authorities as a pretext of mortal purges against the Soviet people.
Those purges within the five years after Kirov's death cost lives of millions of innocent people all over the Soviet Union.
I have found an interesting story about Kirov’s death.
Kirov was made an idol by the Communist party leadership and Stalin himself.
Who knows, maybe it was "Old Joe Stalin" himself who had organized the conspiracy to put Kirov out of the way as a possible rival and then to use his death as a pretext for the massive paranoia purges directed against any possible opposition in the society, thus killing two birds with one stone…
The new park located next to the city stadium attracts a lot of people, especially on weekends.
Here you can see the entrance to the City Park.
The park is called after Peter Golub.
There are many attractions for kids, among them the rollercoaster.
You can also make a bar crawl. There are three cafes here:
- Brig cafe (to the right of the entrance);
- Chanson cafe (opposite the entrance);
- Retro cafe (inside the park, to the right of the main alley).
Lenin Square located opposite the City Council building attracts a lot of people in the afternoons and evenings.
It looks nice and inviting.
There is a park opposite the City Council building.
Sometimes the benches cannot seat all people who come there.
If you visit this museum, you will see exhibitions of local artists: painters and sculptors as well as the works of kids who attend the local arts school.
The museum is called after Sophia Zharko who wrote a book about the history of Kirovsk.
It flows on the western outskirts of Kirovsk, not far from the city railway station.
A lot of towns, cities and villages including Luhansk stand on this river.
Kirovsk stands on both banks of the Luhanka, which makes it similar to Luhansk.
Due to considerable water pollution you cannot bathe in the river.
You can only admire its waters or go fishing there.
There is an old park on the western outskirts of the city that is not frequented any more and looks neglected.
This old park still has several statues and memorials.
This is the old fountain, a meeting point of many generations of the city residents after the war.
It is a typical Soviet administrative building I would say.
Picture 2: here is a sample of the modern architecture in Kirovsk.