Lenin Street in West Ukrainian Village Renamed Lennon Street

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

2nd March, 2016


Lenin street in the village of Kalyny, Tyachiv district, in the Transcarpathian region, was renamed ‘Lennon Street’ in the framework of the law on decommunization. The corresponding order was signed by the Chairman of the Transcarpathian administration Gennady Moskal, reported the office’s website.

As was noted in the message, the Directive, signed by Moskal, is the first document in Ukraine on renaming “Pro-communist Streets”.

According to the decree, ten streets of Transcarpathia will all receive new names. As was explained by Moskal, the names of several streets have been modified on the proposal of the rural communities; the Governor chose the alternative names at their own discretion.

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So, the Shchorsa Street in Mizhhirya village was renamed Viktor Markus street, after a soldier killed in the special operation zone in Donbass. Another one of the streets was renamed in honor of Tomas Masaryk, President of Czechoslovakia in the beginning of the 20th century. Several streets were named in honor of Hungarian and Romanian cultural figures and art.

Another decommunization order will be signed in Transcarpathia in the near future, the report said.

Earlier on Wednesday the Commission of the Kiev City state administration agreed with the proposal of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance (UINR) to rename Moscow Avenue in the city center to Stepan Bandera Avenue.

In April of last year the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a package of laws on decommunization, including the banning of the Communist party symbols, and also the requirement to rename all geographic names that are associated with the Soviet party leadership.

In October, UINR released a list of 520 “forbidden” names of Communist leaders. On it, in particular, were Leonid Brezhnev, Semyon Budyonny, Kliment Voroshilov, Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, Georgy Zhukov, Aleksandr Zasyadko, Vasily Kikvidze, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Vladimir Lenin, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Mikhail Frunze, Vasily Chapaev and others.

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