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This monument to Major Goriushkin , a native of Sverdlovsk (1915-1945) who was Twice Hero of the Soviet Union stands at the entrance to the city park not far from the stadium.
(December 1, 1915 – November 12, 1945).
I saw his grave in the city park and his bust located next to the city stadium that was named after him.
I became interested in his biography and read it on the Russian site War Heroes.
Nickolay joined the Red Army in 1937 and became an officer in 1941 after he graduated from an infantry school. He was the commander of a company, battalion and at the end of the war he was the deputy commander of a motorized infantry brigade.
During the liberation of Ukraine and the forced crossing of the Dnipro on September 23, 1943 his company was the first to cross the river and ensured the support for the Red Army units. On January 10, 1944 Captain Goriushkin was awarded with the Order of Lenin and the Golden Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (# 2125).
Nickolay Goriushkin got his second Golden Star for forced crossing of the River Oder in January 1945. He was awarded for his brave tank maneuver at the River Oder in Germany when his regiment went deep into the enemy’s territory.
He received his second star on April 10, 1945 and thus became the Twice Hero of the Soviet Union.
According to the established Soviet tradition, all twice heroes had a special honor from the government: a bronze bust should be erected in their honor in their hometown. The bust of Major Goriushkin stands next to the city stadium. Goriushkin bust was erected here in 1950.
Major Goriushkin had two Orders of Lenin, two Orders of the Combat Red Banner, the Order of St.Alexander of the Neva and several medals.
Major Goriushkin died prematurely on November 12, 1945.
There is Goriushkin Street on the northern outskirts of Sverdlovsk not far from the road to Luhansk. That district is called Sharapkino and that is where Nickolay Goriushkin was born in 1915.
Updated Dec 17, 2011
There is a small park with the entrance in the form of the tower reminding you of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The park is called Times Park, or Park of Times.
You can sit at a bench and enjoy the view of the mini-pyramides and the ancient Russian gates there.
The park is located next to the building of the city tax inspection in Engels Street.
It was built and dedicated thanks to the efforts of the chief of the city tax inspection Mr. A.P.Mironenko. He had an internship in Brussels and saw a similar park there.
He decided to have models of famous monuments built in the empty space next to the tax inspection building.
These are the city mini-pyramides, as I called them. In fact, they are called City Cheops pyramides. The kids of Sverdlovsk can boast they have been at the top of a Cheops pyramide :-)
The park is quite small: 39 meters by 34 meters, but the architects plan to built 19 monuments there. Soon new world monuments are going to be completed there:
Golden Gate of Kiev;
St.Basil's Cathedral from Moscow;
Easter Islands' head statues and others.
As of today, there are several world monuments there.
The park is being built on the city residents' donations.
The names of the biggest donors are going to appear on the shield on the park fence.
It's quite a nice place to take pictures with friends and a very quiet one, too.
It is located at the end of Engels Street next to the building of the tax police.
I enjoyed my stay in Times Square.
The construction site is built by "Remo" company :
This company has no problems with building world monuments :-)
Former residents of Sverdlovsk, having heard about that news decided to take part in that construction by their donations. For example, some former city residents who emigrated to Germany would like to order the model of Brandenburg Gate of Berlin there. Other former city residents who live in Israel now want to order a model of the Wailing Wall there...
All proposals are considered in the City Council and all donations are welcome.
Updated Dec 17, 2011
The Common Grave of the city liberators is located in a rather lonely city park.
Major Goriushkin, the Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, is also buried here.
This is the general view of the war memorial in the city park where the Soviet soldiers who perished during the liberation of the city were buried in 1943.
Updated May 27, 2011
Lychnis is one of the widespread wild flowers of the state reserve Provalye Steppe.
You can admire its sight and smell during your hikes in the state reserve.
There are also 25 plants that are listed in the Red Book of Ukraine, among them several kinds of feather grass, grove tulip, saffron, etc.
All in all the scientists have registered 790 kinds of plants on the territory of Provalye Steppe, among them dozens of herbs.
Updated Apr 2, 2011
Out of the 57 ponds and lakes of Sverdlovsk County several ponds are located in the city.
This one is on the way to the bus terminal.
This is another view of the central market from the opposite shore of the adjoining lake.
You can see the market pavilions on the other shore.
Updated Apr 2, 2011
You can take a look at Heroes Alley located at the Central Park not far from the city stadium.
Here you can see memorial plaques with images of the war and labor heroes who used to live in the city.
Sverdlovsk was occupied by the Nazis on July 22, 1942 and remained occupied for 30 weeks.
The bloody "new order" began.
It lasted for 200 days:
from July 22, 1942
till February 16, 1943.
Updated May 26, 2009
“Shuravi” tank station is located in Andreyev Street.
It attracted me by its very peculiar name.
Its owner is an Afghan entrepreneur who called his gas station with this word that is known from movies. The Afghan locals used that word to speak about the Soviet soldiers during the Afghan war of 1979-1989.
Updated Apr 1, 2008
This is a picture from Luhansk regional museum of local lore. Another one is from Sverdlovsk city museum of local lore.
They call such pictures diorama.
The pictures represent the rocks painted by an artist.
They look very impressive, don't they?
Updated Jan 20, 2006
King Rocks are one of the attractions of the district. They are located on the territory of the state reserve about 30 km away from the city.
The rocks are over 70 m high.
There are located at the left bank of the River Provalye and are 1.5 km long.
Written Dec 15, 2003
There are also birch trees in our woods. They are considered to be pure Russian trees.
This inscription says, “Guard the forest”.
Written Nov 25, 2003