Wave of Renaming Spreads through Ukraine
The Kirovograd City Council at an unscheduled session voted for renaming the central Kirov Square to Heroes of Maidan Square. All present deputies unanimously supported the decision.
Furthermore, a proposal by Deputy Sergei Tablanov on announcing a contest for the best monument design to the “Heroes of Maidan” to be placed on the central square was supported.
Now Kirovograders are actively discussing on social networks what to rename the city itself, writes Ukrainskaya Pravda.
Renaming streets after the change in government in the Ukraine concerns other cities too. So, the Dnepropetrovsk City Council voted for renaming Lenin Square Heroes of Maidan Square too. Squares with similar names have also appeared in Ternopol (formerly Arts Square) and Vinnytsia (Soviet Square).
In Nikolayev they want to rename Lenin Prospect Heroes of Maidan Prospect. A street or square named in honor of those killed at the time of the recent events in Kiev may also appear in Lvov.
In Kiev they’re proposing renaming Institute Street or a part of it Heavenly Hundred Street. They took away signs with slogans from the times of the USSR and took down the Soviet star from the spire of the Verkhovna Rada building. [Note: “Heavenly Hundred” is the name given colloquially to those killed in the Maidan protests]
In Ivano-Frankovsk they’re planning to name a square in honor of the heroes of the Heavenly Hundreds around the Oblast Council building. A street with an analogous name has already appeared in a village not far from Cherkassy (formerly Lenin Street).
Previously they proposed placing the monument to the Heavenly Hundred and Heroes of Maidan in Kiev and Mayor Volodymyr Makeenko supported this idea. Lutsk Head Mykola Romaniuk stated the creation of a memorial in honor of the heroes of Maidan. In Nikolayev they’re going to raise a monument to the heroes of Maidan in the place of the monument to Lenin.
The events on renaming streets and getting rid of Soviet symbols is occurring against the background of more frequent instances of vandalism towards monuments of Lenin and other communists. In Lvov Oblast they went further and destroyed a monument not to a Soviet, but a Russian hero – Commander Mikhail Kutuzov.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was appalled by the continuing “campaign to demolish monuments” in and the appearance of Russophobia in the Ukraine and demanded the new Ukrainian government “stop this lawlessness”.
Comments from Ridus.ru:
What’s Arts square for then? ))
It’s their country, let them do what they want. they put monuments of lenin on every corner, now they’re appalled that they’re demolishing them. My opinion: this is why you shouldn’t impose your “values” on what is now another country.
matsuta.ann: (responding to above)
Another country? It was just one country – the Soviet Union
buterbrod: (responding to above)
It’s written “what is now another country”. The soviet union passed away in the old days. Right now we’re two different countries. Yes you need to respect history and all that, but you can debate the value of a particular monument in modern days for Ukraine and understand that it’s completely useless.
The “revolutionaries” don’t care about art?
buterbrod: (responding to above)
I don’t consider monuments to Lenin art, apart from a few exceptions, their quantity is so great that for me its associated with the sign “Vasya was here”. Another thing is that placing a monument to the heroes of maidan in its place isn’t a very good idea either. they’re trading bad for worse in my opinion )
Well how can you do anything else, the first thing is to break it down and rename it – the same sure way of imitating the violent activity.)
Odissey”: (responding to above)
Nobody could think of anything more urgent. Nobody’s thinking about the economy. While the “revolutionary” dust hasn’t subsided – beat, crush, and break. The also toppled our monument to Dzerzhinsky, now they’re desperately trying to work out how to bring it back.
Niko Griby Belik:
It won’t help neo-fascists. They’re doomed.
In the Ukraine what’s left is to change from Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet, freedom and justice will triumph!
oleg.zinchenkov-2375: (responding to above)
You’re referring to catholicism!
I think they just needed to direct the military feelings of the people somewhere so that they don’t get in the way of dividing the country anof its portfolios. Otherwise they’d stay on maidan, then they’d start to get very interested in what, where, and how things are happening and they’ll want to participate in it. So they set them off. Simple psychology.
In our city, for example, there are a couple of stores that they called “Red” and “Glass”, they’ve been called that for the last 40 years. Although the signs on them have changed over these 40 years, it doesn’t count. In the Ukraine it’ll be the same with renaming.
Should the monument to the “Heroes of Maidan” remind everyone that if you don’t like the election results you could also stir up a revolution? And that the legal way of government change is much less effective and more expensive? Not a great idea. If there are heroes, then are there villains? Berkut carrying out the orders of the legitimate government?
And where in this is the “appeareance of Russophobia”?
Naïve people. The world breeds stupid graduates as if the educational establishments were not arming them with knowledge, just certificates about their education, unable to find themselves in anything except for “r-r-revolution”, which, actually, they’re worst at doing.
Cmdr. Shepard: (responding to above)
Two teas for this man.
Now there’ll be maidan after maidan. They’ll get exhausted with the renaming.
Soon the Southeast will say its word. I don’t think that Kiev will like it.