The Expert Council of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy on overcoming the consequences of Russification and totalitarianism has determined a list of the 10 most common “Russian” urban names that are recommended for renaming in the first place.
According to Ukrinform, this is reported by ICIP.
“The expert council supports the decision of local governments to rename toponyms associated with the aggressor state, the communist totalitarian regime, imperial and Soviet ideologemes.
After analyzing the situation in the toponymic space of Ukraine, the Expert Council drew attention to the fact that a significant number of names denoting such elements of the spatial structure of the city as streets, squares, avenues, etc. – are connected with the Russians, whose life and work, by and large, have nothing to do with Ukraine, its history, science, culture, and in most cases were not born here,” the message says.
According to the ICIP, the most frequently used Russian toponyms include, in particular, Yuri Gagarin, Alexander Pushkin, Ivan Michurin, Valery Chkalov, Maxim Gorky, Yuri Lermontov, Alexander Suvorov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Alexander Matrosov, Vladimir Komarov.
According to the Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, “in the context of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, it should be taken into account that the enemy even uses toponymy as a manipulative mechanism for relaying propaganda messages, values, his worldview model and the concept of the so-called “Russian world”.
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“The full-scale war has become a catalyst for accelerating the process of removing from the cultural space of Ukraine and the socio-political discourse of that Russian that has been introduced for decades as a “great Russian culture,” Tkachenko said.
“In order to minimize the influence of Soviet-Russian narratives on the worldview of Ukrainians, establish historical justice and restore Ukrainian historical and national toponymy, the ICIP Expert Council recommends that when renaming streets, alleys, avenues, squares, parks, squares and other urbanonyms, consider the possibility of replacing the above names ”, – noted in MKIP.
As Ukrinform reported, by order of June 8, MKIP approved a new name – the National Academic Drama Theater named after Lesya Ukrainka, removing the words “Russian drama” from the name of this theater in the capital.