: Odesa gets rid of Soviet symbolism

18:12 Apr. 27, 2016

Odesa gets rid of Soviet symbolism

The Odesa Monument to Duke of Richelieu, dressed in a traiditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt - vyshyvanka (UNIAN Photo)

Black Sea port city puts a human face on its street names

Under the Ukrainian de-communization law, the Odesa authorities have decided to rename the city's streets and alleys to strip them off their Soviet past.

The decision was supported by the City Council majority vote.

The streets that were earlier named after Soviet-era and Bolshevik leaders are now taking their names from Ukrainian celebrities (singers, publishers, scientists, musicians, engineers etc.) who were born in Odesa or whose life was associated with the Black Sea port city.

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Most streets in central Odesa regained their historical names even in the 1990s (Ryshelyevska, Yekateryninska, Hretska, Troitska etc).

By February 21 all Soviet symbols had to be dismantled and cities named after Soviet-era leaders changed. This is in line with a package of laws, adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament last year, which bans communist and Nazi regime symbols and propaganda. The renaming process is the latest step in Ukraine's efforts to break from its Soviet totalitarian past.

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