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    Memory of Ivanov

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    Porphiry
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    Favorite thing: The memory of Elder Porphiry Ivanov, the people's healer and the teacher of the healthy way of life, is very much revered in Sverdlovsk for he lived, died and was buried in Sverdlovsk District in 1984.
    You can make sure of it when you see his huge portrait and read about his activities and followers at the city museum of local lore.
    Elder Porphiry is considered to be a saint by his followers. The call him Teacher and have a huge network all over the FSU countries.
    Porphiry Ivanov left several commandments that he called My Little Child (this is how he often addressed his followers).

    I found it strange, though, that no mention of Jesus or the Virgin was made in his commandments. He looks like the founder of a sect that bears no resemblance to any Orthodox teaching.
    To me, all his teaching is sectarian and all his followers look much more like an extreme sect.

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    City Newspapers

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    City daily newspaper, Sverdlovsk, Ukraine
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    Fondest memory: Zaria Donbassa
    ("The Dawn of the Donets Basin").
    is the city daily newspaper.
    It is published at 29 Engels Street.
    The City Council is its founder.
    E-mail: zora_don@skynet.lg.ua
    Editorial office phones are:
    +38 06434 2 25 76
    +38 06434 2 24 79
    +38 06434 2 64 16.
    There is also a weekly newspaper called Eastern Express.
    Its motto is: A good newspaper for good people.
    The newspaper is published by a private entrepreneur A.Ustiuzhin
    (tel. 8 06434 2 30 41, 8 06434 2-25-40, 8 06434 2-20-41 )
    at 3 Dzerzhinsky Street. E-mail is ustugin@svk.lg.ukrtel.net
    I found both newspapers to be very informative and interesting. They make a good reading.

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    Coat-of-arms and Flag

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    City symbols: coat-of-arms and flag
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    Favorite thing: The city has its own coat-of-arms adopted in 2002 and the flag adopted in 2003 by the city council.
    The coat-of-arms is a French shield with the image of the Cossack symbols of power in the middle - the hetman's mace and the colonel's warder. These symbols remind us of the legendary past and the foundation of the first Cossack settlement here. The free Cossacks (the word cossack means free man in Turks languages and quickly became a Russian and Ukrainian word, too) settled here in the 17th century and began to explore the lands.
    The symbols of the Cossacks power divide the coat-of-arms into four parts.
    In its upper part you can see two crossed black mining hammers, symbols of the coal-mining Donets Basin. They are represented on a silver background that stands for the aluminum industry of the city.
    You can see the rising sun on the black background in the lower part of the coat-of-arms. The rising sun represents the city's eastern position in Ukraine. It is depicted on a black background representing coal - the black gold of the district.
    There is an agricultural instrument on the left as a symbol of the rich agricultural lands and an image of feather grass on the right as a symbol of the state reserve located on the territory of the district.
    The city flag is yellow-and-green with a black triangle in the upper part and a white stripe. These are the traditional colors of the city: green that stands for land, black - for coal, white - for noble perspective and yellow - for wheat.

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    State Reserve

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    State Reserve, Sverdlovsk, Ukraine

    Favorite thing: The city and district are famous for the unique nature of Provalye Steppe State Reserve located about 25 km to the east of the city at the height of 325 meters above sea level.
    Provalye State Reserve is known for its rich flora and fauna and dozens of kinds of minerals.
    According to the data of the city museum of local lore, this state reserve with its area of 588 hectare includes nine huge ravines that add attraction to the scenery like nowhere else in the region.

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    City Landscape

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    City landscape, Sverdlovsk
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    Fondest memory: Take a look at another part of the city landscape.
    There are dozens of small artificial lakes that are formed by the underground waters of coalmines after the waters were pumped out from them.
    On this picture you can see a building of the factory sanatorium to the left.

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    Internet For You

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    Terminal : Internet for you! Sverdlovsk, Ukraine
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    Favorite thing: This internet club downtown is one of the best!
    It is located in Engels Street and you can't miss it of you walk downtown and want to send an email or something.
    So don't worry, there is the Internet in Sverdlovsk, too.!
    Sverdlovsk city lyceum located next to Pirogov Street also provides Internet service.
    They have a computer room with Internet and their own web site.
    Lyceum School #1 (located opposite the local lore museum)
    The lyceum address:
    1 Miryushchenko Street
    Sverdlovsk 94800
    Tel. +38 06434 2 26 94
    e-mail: svklyceum@ukrtel.net

    Fondest memory: walking along Engels Street;
    visiting Vegas night club.

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    To You, My City

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    The monument to coalminers, Sverdlovsk
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    Fondest memory: I found a nice poem dedicated to this city and decided to translate it into English for you.

    To You, My City
    by A.Mostepanenko

    The sky of Ukraine is silver blue,
    The green streets are my youth.
    You are my only one,
    My land of miners,
    A proud and sacred land of our fathers.
    I return to you with my heart, my land.

    I am glad for you that you are such a land.
    Sunny stones are golden rays,
    My working land, my dear Sverdlovsk.
    Year after year we went shoulder to shoulder
    Inseparable together - in the hour of happiness
    And in the hour of trouble.

    My coal land, I love you
    And I will not find
    A better one in the whole world.
    Oh, my Sverdlovsk,
    A miners country,
    Oh, my Sverdlovsk,
    Glory and honor to you!

    (my translation)

    I hope this little poem written in Ukrainian and translated by me will also be helpful to you, fellow travelers.

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    Approaching the City

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    City sign at the entrance
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    Fondest memory: I remember passing this roadside marker located at the northern approach to the city, if you drive from Luhansk.
    I found it to be very impressive and took a picture of it.
    It reads the city was founded in 1938.

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    City Founder

    by hunterV Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Cavalry General Orlov, city museum of local lore
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    Fondest memory: Here is the picture from the historical hall of the museum of local lore.
    This is Cavalry General Orlov who used to live in what is now Sverdlovsk and was the elected the chief of all Russian Don Cossacks. His official title was the Ottoman of the Don Cossacks Area in 1797-1801.
    He is considered to be the founder of the city.
    The museum pictures also show the two buildings that are the legacy of the Orlovs.

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