Strolling or driving along the town streets, you can see many samples of the Soviet era architecture such as the town leisure center built in 1955 or the building of School #1 that houses the town museum.
You can marvel the facade of the leisure center, but its back side saw better times, as we say.
You can also see apartment houses of different epochs, starting with 1951 Stalin era houses and finishing with a typical Soviet nine-storey apartment house at the end of Peace Avenue.
You can have a Minute of Silence at the town war memorials, among them the Obelisk at the water reserve that is simply called Lake Lutugino.
The Obelisk stands at the memorial place that is a meeting point of many veterans on May 9 - Victory in Europe Day.
There is a procession and a meeting at that place on that day.
The Tank monument is at the town bus station.
Its inscription reads,
To the Soviet warriors
who defeated the German fascist invaders
during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
from the thankful residents of Lutugino
Nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten!
- such is the inscription (an old Soviet slogan) at the wall of the town museum located at School #1.
Why not walk along Peace Avenue - the longest street in the town
- and explore some other streets downtown?
There are streets consisting of only private houses too.
There are sixty-five streets, avenues and lanes in Lutugino (“Lutuhihe” in Ukrainian), among them two avenues: Peace Avenue and Nameless Avenue.
I haven’t seen the latter, and have to take a look next time when I spend more time in Lutuhine.
There are a lot of streets named after Communist leaders and notions:
Sovietskaya Street, Lenin Street, Krupskaya Street, Karl Marx Street, Gagarin Street, Pioneer Lane, Workers Lane, Factory Street, Coalminers Lane, Coalminers Block, Likhachov Street, Mayakovsky Street, Ossipenko Street, Young Communist League Street, Artiom Street, Papanin Street, Koshevoy Street, Red Partisans Street, Kuybyshev Lane, 40 Years of Victory Block, October Lane, Gorky Street, Sverdlov Street, Chapayev Street, Kirov Street, Ordzhonikidze Street.
Some streets are named after Russian and Ukrainian writers, poets and scientists:
Chekhov Street, Nekrassov Street, Pushkin Street, Lomonossov Street, Turgenev Lane, Shevchenko Street, Shevchenko Block, Lutugin Lane, Mendeleyev Street, Lermontov Street, Vyssotsky Street.
A couple of streets are named after local heroes:
N.Shchedrina Street, M.Butskaya Street.
Some streets bear common names:
Youth Street, Administrative Street, Southern Street, Thoroughfare Street, Steppe Lane, Birch Street, Apricot Street, Pear Street, Grapes Street, Nut Street, Cherry Street, Donetsk Lane, geological Survey Lane, Motherland Lane, May Day Lane, Friendship Street, Sports Lane, Garden Street, Railway Station Street, Railway Line, Old Column Street.
There are several Soviet era monuments
in the town, among them:
-> Lenin monument,
-> Leonid Lutugin monument,
-> War Memorial at the Steel Rolls Factory,
-> War Memorial (Obelisk) at Lake Lutugino,
-> Young pioneers war memorial in the town park.
When you see the monument to Leonid Lutugin near School #1, you might feel like taking a stroll in the Central Park.
You will see a weird flower sculpture at what used to be a fountain in Soviet times and the monument to the fallen young pioneers who perished during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
Another park in behind the conference center.
It is called Children's Park.
It still has old sculptures of the fairy tale heroes built in the sixties.
You can attend a concert at the county leisure center.
The concerts and shows taking place here are the venue of all amateur actors, singers and dancers from all over Lutugino County.
The leisure center is called here Shevchenko Palace of Culture.
The concerts at the town and county level are held here.
Not only town residents, but also villages from the nearby villages show their talents here.
This place is a cultural hub of the town and the county.
There are numerous clubs and dance studios here.
There is an antique three story building in Lutugino, 126 Lenina St.. It has historical significance. It used to be a home of the first owner of Lutugino Metal Plant, Shmidt. For many years it is occupied by Lutugino Boarding School, an orphanage, that takes care of social orphans. It has about 300 children. The Boarding School is open to adoption of orphans by Ukrainian as well as foreign people.
I have to say that the fairy tale sculptures in the park were built in the 1990-s, not 60-s.
Another little park behind the Cultural Center had several sculptures as well, depicting characters from "Alise in Wonderland", but during Perestroika years they got gradually destroyed. Before Perestroika the town used to have children's playgrounds in a good condition on each block, where free movies were shown periodically on a big screen, and now those playgrounds do not exist, all destroyed and scattered.