Lubitel means "amateur" in Russian. It was made in great numbers by the Leningrad GOMZ or Lomo factory. Some sources claim that between 1957 and 1979 over two million were produced. It shows great similarity with the Voigtländer Brillant. It is however not a direct copy; The accessory door opens by turning and the viewing lens focuses. Later Voigtländer Brillants also focused, but by then they used wider aperture lenses.
The Lubitel has a T-22 75/4.5 taking lens. This is actually a little wider than the normal 80mm medium format standard lens. The shutter is cocked with the red-dotted lever. Aperture and shutterbutton are all positioned around this taking lens.