The Ministry of Culture recommended to rename the streets named after Gagarin and Pushkin

The Ministry of Culture recommended to rename the streets named after Gagarin and Pushkin

The Ministry of Culture recommended renaming the streets named after Gagarin and Pushkin

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The Expert Council of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine outlined the most commonly used ratings of Russian urbanonyms (streets, squares, houses, monuments – ed.) and proposed to rename it. This is discussed on the website of the Ministry of Culture.

< p>Among urbanonyms – the names of writers Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, commander Alexander Suvorov.

The purpose of the renaming, according to the expert council, is to avoid the consequences of Russification, the communist totalitarian regime from the aggressor state and restore Ukrainian national toponymy.


A significant number of proper names denoting such elements of the spatial structure of the city as streets, squares, avenues, etc. in most cases were not born here. 

The TOP 10 most commonly used toponyms include: 

  • cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin;
  • poet Alexander Pushkin;
  • biologist Ivan Michurin;
  • test pilot Valery Chkalov;
  • writer Maxim Gorky;
  • poet Mikhail Lermontov;
  • commander Alexander Suvorov;
  • poet Vladimir Mayakovsky;
  • submachine gunner Alexander Matrosov;
  • Pilot-cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov.

Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko noted:

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”. The full-scale war became a catalyst for accelerating the process of removal from the cultural space of Ukraine and the socio-political for decades it has been introduced as "great Russian culture.

On July 23, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine announced the renaming of the following streets in Transcarpathia:

  • Leo Tolstoy – on Boris Johnson;
  • Yuri Gagarin – Leonid Kadenyuk;
  • Mikhail Kutuzov – Severina Nalivaiko;
  • Alexander Nevsky – Vasily Stus.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga