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.