: Dnipropetrovsk renamed as Dnipro

12:26 May. 19, 2016

Dnipropetrovsk renamed as Dnipro

Ukraine's city of Dnipropetrovsk renamed as Dnipro (UNIAN photo)

Third largest Ukraine's city changes its name as part of decommunization efforts  

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada has decided that the city of Dnipropetrovsk should be renamed Dnipro as part of the decommunization drive, according to UNIAN news agency.

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Resolution No. 3864 to rename the city was supported by 247 out of the 344 MPs registered in the session hall.

The decision comes into force from the date of its adoption.

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An explanatory note to the resolution says that the city was named Dnipropetrovsk in 1926 as a compound word after the Dnipro River and after Bolshevik and Soviet Communist Party leader, head of the 1917 revolutionary movement and Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic Hryhoriy Petrovskiy (1978-1958). Petrovskiy later became one of the masterminds of the Holodomor artificial famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933.

"The name carries symbols of the communist regime and, by law, it must be changed," the note says.

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