"Where I Grew Up" Rubizhne by hunterV

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My Hometown

Rubizhne, Luhansk region, Ukraine...
This is the city where I grew up, finished a secondary school and made first friends...
I graduated from secondary school No.3 in 1977. Afterwards I visited this city very often to see my parents and friends.
My wife (who is also from Rubizhne) and I married in Rubizhne in July 1985.
My father lives here in Mendeleyev Street.

The first settlement at the city area dates back to 1730 when Ukrainian Cossack Colonel Rushkevich founded a Cossack fort called Rubezh (in English - Border).
The former Cossacks' village developed rapidly after it had been connected with major cities by the railroad that was built in 1894-1895.
The settlement grew when a chemical factory called Russko-Kraska was built in the area in 1915.
1895
, the year when the railway station was built, has been celebrated as the foundation year of the town of Rubizhne, although the name Rubizhne only appeared in 1930 when the factory settlement of Russko-Kraska was transformed into the town of Rubizhne. The factory settlement of Rubizhne got municipal rights in 1934.
The city has the territory of 33.76 sq.km (13 square miles). The population is about 60 thousand inhabitants now.
The biggest holiday of the year has always been Chemical Workers' Day that is celebrated on the last Sunday of May with a large cultural and sports program and a fireworks display in the evening.
Also, Rubizhne celebrates its City Day, like lots of other towns and cities, but unlike them the local City Day is called Family Day - the only Family Day among all the cities and towns of Ukraine.
Rubizhne used to have international relations with the city of Louisville, Kentucky. I don't know anything about the development of those relations now.
Here are some links about Rubizhne for you:
City information resource
Photos of Rubizhne
More city pictures
Cars in Rubizhne
A Movie about Rubizhne (in Russian)
City Museum
Web Cams of Rubizhne

Mendeleyev Street

Mendeleyev Street is one of the central streets of the city that has a population of about 65 thousand inhabitants now.
Bohdan Khmelnitsky Street runs parallel to Mendeleyev Street forming the city center. These streets are intersected by three other central streets:
Kirov Street, Liberators' Street and Lenin Street.
You can find everything you need in each of those streets: cafes and restaurants, shops and stores, photo studios and Internet clubs.
All in all there are 110 streets and lanes in the city.
I grew up in a five-storey apartment house in Mendeleyev Street not far from its intersection with Lenin Street and graduated from School No. 3 in Students' Street.
Rubizhne is one of the few cities of Luhansk region that has its own amateur musical comedy theater that works at the city leisure center in Lenin Square. They staged My Fair Lady and other operas, which is unique for the entire Luhansk region.
By the way, take a look at the view of Rubizhne from above:
Rubizhne from above

City of Chemical Workers

The city used to have a lot of chemical industry in the Soviet times.
Now there are only remains of the past glory here.
Dmitry Mendeleyev (1834-1907), the Father of the Russian Chemical science, who created the Periodical System of Chemical Elements, is very much revered here.
You can see this monument to the Great Chemist in Mendeleyev Street not far from the bus terminal opposite School 8.
Also, there is Mendeleyev monument in the old city park.
You can see a huge mural with a portrait (a bust) of Dmitry Mendeleyev on the second floor of the city leisure center.
There were rumors in the seventies that the city would be merged with the neighboring cities: Lissichansk and Syeverodonetsk and the new huge city would be renamed into Mendeleyevsk in honor of this outstanding scientist. But those plans were not destined to come true. In 1967 the city of Mendeleyevsk had appeared in Tatarstan, Russia. So it was too late for Ukraine to make such a huge city merging reform just for the sake of the name that had already been taken by that time.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of surrounding forests, sand soil, bathing in the lake and the river, many cafes and parks, friendly people
  • Cons:expensive cafes and restaurants, city web sites only in Russian/Ukrainian; discover everything yourself!
  • In a nutshell:This is where I spent my childhood
  • Last visit to Rubizhne: May 2014
  • Intro Updated Jul 2, 2014
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Interesting things to do tips - I like the splash of colour that the mosaics bring to the town. And it was great to see where your parents live and also their "modest" lunch ;-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Interesting 'Things to Do' tips about the city where you grew up. It's good that they have a Chernobyl memorial there.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    What an impressive page on the city where you grew up - excellent architectural tips!

  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I very much enjoy your information about your beloved home town Rubizhne in the Ukriaine where I would love to visit some day. Tell me, the people from London are called Londoners, what are the people of Rubizhne called? Rubizniks??

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Great updatings here since December of 2009. My parents also lived in Khrushchyovka until the end of their lives.... Interesting to know that Dimtry Mendeleyev visited the Donest Basin.

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Thank you Victor for visiting my numerous Paris tips.
    Glad to see that you were born in the city of my good friend Mendeleyev. In the first year of chemistry we had to study all his table of chemical elements.
    If you pass by his statue tell him that I regret he didn't get the Nobel Prize.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Victor, a very comprehensive page about the city where you grew up. I especially like your "off the beaten path" tips about the various architectural styles. Interesting story about the "5 B 4" inscription.

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Nice place and good info. So I know you Viktor . Nice Page !

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    an interesting page with a lot of great updates again! "Fart" computer club is a funny name, and in Danmark they have a "Fartcontrol" at many roads and you have to pay a lot, when your fart is too fast !! ;-))

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Thank you for some interesting morning reading...off to walk dogs now. (5.30am) It is light and I expect it to be a hot day.
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