Odessa City Council speaks out against “decommunization” of street names

28.04.2017, Ukraine.

Members of the Odessa City Council reversed the decision to change the Soviet–era street names, also known as “decommunization”, conducted by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former city governor, RIA Novosti news agency reported on April 28.

Changes affected about 56 street names. For example, the “Heavenly Hundred” avenue was renamed back to the original “Marshal Zhukov” avenue.The street recently named in honor of Roman Shukhevich (formerly – “Yaroslav Galan” street) is now called “Defenders of the Fatherland”.

The alleys, bearing the names of, so called, “heroes” of the Anti-Terrorist Operation* in the Donbass region, have also been renamed.

Those members of the City Council who spoke out for reversing the initiative of the former city governor Mikheil Saakashvili stressed that several streets subjected to change do not exist at all, and others had their Soviet–era names changed earlier by the City Council Toponymic  Commission. Contine reading