Green Pearl - this is how the Kreminna Forest is often called.
The huge forest area covers about 30 thousand hectares in Kreminna District.
Rubizhne lies in the area of Kreminna Forest, hence the air is fresh and smells like forest.
You can take a walk in the neighboring forest, if you arrive to Moscow Avenue.
Please be careful and be guided by locals and take a map of the area. Do not go deep into the forest, but walk along the nearby paths not far from the main road.
You can contact the city mayor
Mr. Konstantin Koziuberda
tel. +38 06453 5 02 40 ;
+38 06453 5 04 36
or send a fax to:
+38 06453 7 41 43.
City Mayor of Rubizhne
2 Lenin Square
Luhansk region, Ukraine
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City Council's web site
(in Russian only)
Fondest memory: Pictures of RubizhneRubizhne SpeakingInterview with the new mayor
The central city street...
It's hard to say what street it is.
There are three streets forming downtown Rubizhne:
- Mendeleyev Street;
- Bohdan Khmelnitsky Street
that runs parallel to Mendeleyev Street ;
- Kirov Street,
- Liberators' Street
- Lenin Street
The last three streets intersect Mendeleyev Street and Khmelnitsky Street.
You can find everything you need in each of those streets: cafes and restaurants, stores, photo studios and Internet clubs.
All in all, there are more than 150 streets and lanes in the city.
- walking along Mendeleyev Street;
- sauntering in the nearby woods;
- visiting my parents' datcha.
Fondest memory: You are sure to enjoy viewing the interior of the two floors of the leisure center:
- stained glass windows on both floors;
- bas reliefs at the entrance to the auditorium;
- the huge mural on the second floor;
- wonderful chandeliers on the second floor ceiling.
Driving past the cathedral you will see this apartment house on your left:
47 Lenin Street
is the address of the highest apartment house in Rubizhne.
It was completed in 1992.
The apartment house consists of 14 floors.
Fondest memory: walking along Mendeleyev Street - the street where I grew up - and observing the changes within 25 years...
Somebody calculated all the city streets and lanes.
Thus I know their exact number.
As of today, there are 154 streets and lanes in the city.
History says that the first city street was called Rubizhne Street. It was renamed into Liberators' Street after the WWII.
The names of the majority of streets are the Soviet legacy.
The streets were named either after the Russian and Soviet heroes and public figures or after some local heroes.
Fondest memory: Some streets bear “common” names:
- Eastern St., Western St., Railway St., Factory St., Bakery St., Field St., Lake St., Labor St., Festival St., Students’ St., Builders’ St., Engineers’ Block, Steppe St., Park St., Forest St., Underwood St., Peace St., Embankment St., Sunny Block;
Named after other cities:
- Luhansk St., Kiev St., Kharkiv St., Moscow Avenue (the only avenue in the city);
The Soviet names of the streets include those named after the Soviet heroes and outstanding public figures:
- Lenin St., Ilyich St., Kirov St., Engels St., Karl Marx St., Chapayev St., Kotovsky St., Chkalov St., Shchors St., Frunze St., Parkhomenko St., Ordzhonikidze St., Matrossov St., Lazutin St., Krasnikov St., Kalinin St., General Ivanov St., Vorovsky St., Vatutin St., Artyom St., Sverdlov St., Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya St., Kuybyshev St., Budyonny St.;
Named after Soviet era notions:
- Soviet St., Collective Farm St., International St., Communars St., Commintern St., October St., Liberators’ St., 30 Years of Victory St., Pioneers’ St., Revolution St., Komsomol St., May Day St., Proletarian St.;
Named after several local heroes of the Soviet era:
- Chernopashchenko St., Smirnov St., Rudenko St., Doichev St., Vulis St., Bychenkov St., Academician Pomeranchuke St.;
Named after Soviet writers and public figures:
- Krupskaya St., Gorky St., Mayakovsky St., Furmanov St.;
Named after outstanding Russian heroes, scientists, writers and public figures:
- Nevsky St., Nekrassov St., Ostrovsky St., Pushkin St., Radishchev St., Suvorov St., Timiryazev St., Mendeleyev St., Turgenev St., Chekhov St., Gogol St., Korolenko St., Kutuzov St., Nakhimov St.;
A small number of streets have Ukrainian names: those of famous Ukrainian writers, poets and public figures:
- Ukrainian St., Franko St., Shevchenko St., Bohdan Khmelnitsky St., Kotsiubinsky St.
The City Leisure Center is officially called Kirov Palace of Culture.
There are two halls, one of them serving as a movie theater and another one is a big concert hall.
There are also several groups where amateur actors, artists and dancers come and study.
Rubizhne is known for its People’s Musical Comedy Theater that stages operas and plays here in the Big Hall and is the only one of its kind in the entire Luhansk region.
Fondest memory: Watching a gala concert of amateur activities of the city residents!
The city also has its own standard that repeats the main elements of the City Flag.
Four white stripes refer to the history of the foundation of the city.
Each white stripe symbolizes a river in this area.
The place for the settlement was chosen on the bank of the Seversky Donets between rivers The Krasna (upper strife) and the Borova (middle strife).
The lower white stripe is a symbol of a great number of lakes surrounding Rubizhne:
Lake Kateryna, Lake Hlyboke, Lake Lopushne,
Lake Lenyove, Lake Bile, Lake Kruhle.
The green stripes symbolize century-old trees and green forests that used to grow here in old times. Many of them were cut down during the construction of the town.
The pine-tree on the yellow field symbolizes a great human deed – the woods that were planted on the sand soil surrounding the town, thus turning the desert into a green city.
The pine-tree is the most widespread tree on the outskirts of Rubizhne. It is considered to be lungs of the city.
The Ukrainian Telecom is called Ukrtelecom.
It is located at the corner of Khmelnitsky Street and Kirov Street and faces Labor Square.
This is where there are several telephone booths and you could order a phone talk with a subsciber in almost any country.
You only have to pay some advance money (say, 100 UAH) and wait a couple of minutes before they connect you.
I have discovered an interesting web site about the city.
Please take a look at some of its pages and practise your Russian.
City Residents’ Web Site
Video from Rubizhne
(The winter city from a car window is the first one)
A Nice Photo Album
Timetable of Buses from Rubizhne
(practise your Russian)And some more information
from the web site of the Regional Library
(poor English translation though).City information resourcePhotos of RubizhneMore city picturesCars in RubizhneA Movie about Rubizhne
(in Russian)City Museum
Fondest memory: meeting my parents and friends
There is the only Internet club that I know of.
It is called Gamma.
It is at 30 Mendeleyev Street.
You have to pay 5 UAH ($1.2) for one hour of work on the Internet.
There are two halls here (Skype+Internet).
Tel. +38 06453 5 32 27
I found only one drawback here: there are a lot of gamers who play their loud computer games that tend to get on my nerves.
You can have a nice view of the western outskirts of the ity, if you enter the fourteen-storey apartment house.
This apartment house is at 47 Lenin Street not far from the new cathedral.
You onle have to enter and to take the elevator to the 14th floor.
To see the other side of the city, you have to enter one of the apartments, which I did not do.
All in all, there are forty-two nine-storey apartment houses, one ten-storey apartment house and one fourteen-storey apartment house in Rubizhne.
Most of them are located in Moscow Avenue (13 nine-storey apartment houses and one ten-storey apartment house).
Besides, there are seven nine-storey apartment houses in 30 Years of Victory Street and six nine-storey apartment houses in Construction Workers Street.
Mendeleyev Street has three nine-storey apartment houses.
Liberators Street and Kirov Street have one nine-storey apartment house each.
8 Moscow Avenue is the only ten-storey apartment house.
47 Lenin Street is the only fourteen-storey apartment house completed in 1992.
There are a lot of multi-storey apartment houses in Rubizhne, the highest one consisting of fourteen floors. It is in Lenin Street opposite the new cathedral.
My parents still live in Mendeleyev Street.
They were extremely happy to move to this apartment house in February 1962.
It is a typical five-storey apartment house of Khrushchov era.
Such apartments are called here Khrushchovka.
- Fresh air;
- lots of surrounding forests of pine-trees;
- lots of sand soil and no dust;
- many quiet lanes and streets where I spent my childhood...
Fondest memory: Walking downtown with my friends,
going to the movies and to the forest.