: Not Back in the USSR! Beatles star John Lennon gets a street named after him in Ukraine

18:16 Mar. 2, 2016

Not Back in the USSR! Beatles star John Lennon gets a street named after him in Ukraine

Not back to the USSR! Beatles star John Lennon gets a street named after him in Ukraine

Google Maps replaced Ukraine's Soviet-era names this week

A street in the rural village of Kalyna in Zakarpattia region of western Ukraine is being renamed after famous Beatles singer John Lennon

The current governor of the region Hennadiy Moskal signed a decree approving the name change on March 2, according to his official website. 

The affected street is located the village that is home to fewer than 6,000 people but a growing hotspot for green tourism, according to one travel agency.

Read also Google Maps replaces Soviet place names in Ukraine

Surprisingly, it's not the first time John Lennon's name has been used in Ukraine's decommunization drive. Last month, local government chiefs decided to use ‘John Lennon Square' instead of ‘Soviet Square' in the town of Izyum, Kharkiv region.

Then, officials said they were confident more tourists would descend on the area as a result of the name change, newspaper Vesti reported.

Watch also 'Decommunisation' Deadline: More than 160 villages and towns to be renamed 

With reporting from Radio Svoboda, Vesti

 

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