Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Street Names

In the larger cities such as St. Petersburg, since the collapse of the communism most of the old Soviet street names have been changed to something a little less, erm, communist.

Not so in Yuzhnii.  Here we still have a Karl Marx Street, a Kommunisticheskii Prospekt, a Komsomolskaya Street, a Lenin Street, and a Lenin Square with the bearded twat himself still mounted on his perch.  Not being content with simply a Victory Square complete with war memorial, we also have a Glory Square – complete with war memorial, and five hundred metres from Victory Square.  The latter looks as though it was built in the seventies.  We also have not one, but two streets lined with the war heroes from the Soviet conquest over the Japanese on Sakhalin in 1945 (a non-Russian account of which I would dearly love to read, if for no other reason than to validate what the Russians claim happened in terms of military excellence and casualties on either side).  And to cap it all off we have a park dedicated to Yuri Gagarin who sits triumphantly in his spacesuit, arms aloft, helmet on knee, atop a concrete obelisk at the park entrance, no doubt wondering where it all went wrong as he contemplates the slovenly juveniles in shellsuits drinking vodka at its base.

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4 thoughts on “Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Street Names

  1. I would not deny Gugarin or any other Russian astronaut a park or statue or two. They were incredibly brave(or stupid) to go into space in what were little more than dustbins with rockets attached. Even braver to land them on terra firma.

  2. I’m afraid it’s been a while since I checked your blog; I didn’t realize you were moving. Mr TS worked in Yuhznii for a year 03/04 on rotation while I and Master TS remained in Dubai. Prior to that as a family we lived in Baku for 3 years 96-99. Another desolate outpost at the time. Your comments so far have brought back lots of memories (good ones in hindsight, although maybe not at the time). Power & water cuts were daily events in Baku back then. I remember heating the apt by turning on the gas oven and opening the door as the district heating system had given up even before the end of the Soviet Union. The bath tub was always filled, as well as several assorted buckets, so at least we could wash our hands and flush. When we first arrived not even bottled water was available and we had to distill our own drinking water – literally a 24hr endeavor for a family of 3. Do keep your eye on that wiring. We had several fires in our building while we were there and had to evacuate at 6am one morning when the local police chief’s freezer set our section ablaze. Our neighbours thought we were quite mad for running out in our nightgear. For them it was obviously a regular occurrence, so they stayed put.

    Anyhow, stay safe and warm. Mr TS says that once the heating gets turned on you will have to start opening windows as it will be like a sauna, but to watch out for the snow, which will be dumped on you a metre or more at a time soon enough. If you think the roads are bad now, wait until they are covered in several inches of ice as well!

    I must admit there’s something delightfully nutty about the FSU. Russians have a very black sense of humour, very like the British. I hope we make our way back there again before this expat thing is over.

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