The mayor of Odessa expressed concern about the growth of hatred for everything Russian

In 2020, the mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, achieved the return of the name to Heavenly Hundred Avenue in honor of Marshal Zhukov, but later the court overturned this decision

View of Pushkinskaya Street in Odessa

Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov opposed the renaming Pushkinskaya street in the center of Odessa. He stated this in a conversation with The New York Times.

The newspaper notes that Trukhanov is being pressured to rename Pushkinskaya Street next to the Odessa City Hall. The Russian poet lived in Odessa in 1823-1824, during this period he worked on several of his works, including three chapters of “Eugene Onegin”.

“Yaby did not support this. Odessa— intercultural capital of Ukraine. I am worried about the growth of hatred for everything Russian,»,— he said.

The publication notes that Trukhanov has long been considered a pro-Russian politician, but after the start of the Russian special operation, he turned into an “ardent defender of Ukraine”.

TV channel “Espresso” notes that in 2020 Trukhanov achieved the return of the historical name to the Heavenly Hundred Avenue (as the victims of the Euromaidan are called in Ukraine) in Odessa— in honor of Marshal Zhukov, however, in 2021, the court of Odessa satisfied the demand of the party of ex-president Petro Poroshenko “European Solidarity” cancel renaming.

Since the end of February, after Russia launched a military operation, proposals have become more frequent in Ukraine to rename streets, squares, parks, cultural and other objects with “Russian” ones. names. So, in April, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, promised to rename the streets and stations in the Ukrainian capital, the names of which are associated with Russia.

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At that time similar plans were announced in Uzhgorod. The local city council has compiled a list of 58 streets that are proposed for renaming. Among them are those named after the writers Ivan Turgenev, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander Griboyedov and the poet Alexander Pushkin.

Also, as part of the “decommunization” in Ukraine since 2014 they began to rename toponyms of “communist origin”. The Russian authorities called “decommunization” and renaming by anti-Russian policy and Kyiv's attempt to rewrite history.

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