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The Ministry of Culture has created a list of the most common Russian urbanonyms

Expert Council of the Ministry of Culture dealing with theoretical and practical issues overcoming the consequences of Russification and totalitarianism, named a dozen of the most common Russian urbanonyms in Ukraine. Objects, streets and institutions bearing the name of certain figures will be recommended for renaming first of all. On the situation with toponymy in Starne report on the MCIP website.

“A significant number of proper names denoting such elements of the spatial structure of the city as streets, squares, avenues, etc. in most cases, it is associated with Russians, whose life and work, by and large, have nothing to do with Ukraine, its history, science, culture, and who in most cases were not born here,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The 10 most commonly used toponyms include the names of such persons:

  1. Yuri Gagarin;
  2. Alexander Pushkin;
  3. Ivan Michurin;
  4. Valery Chkalov;
  5. Maksim Gorky;
  6. Mikhail Lermontov;
  7. Alexander Suvorov;
  8. Vladimir Mayakovsky;
  9. Alexander Matrosov
  10. Vladimir Komarov.

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“In the context of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, it should be taken into account that the enemy even uses place names as a manipulative mechanism for relaying propaganda messages, values, his worldview model and the concept of the so-called “Russian world,” said Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko. He added that the full-scale war became a catalyst for removing references to the “great culture of the Russian Federation” from the cultural space of Ukraine.

The Council of the Ministry of Culture supported the decision of local governments to rename toponyms associated with imperial and Soviet ideologemes “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.”

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The desire to get rid of the “glorification” of representatives of the USSR and Russia in the names of Ukrainian streets as soon as possible is quite normal, the article says. “Express” – street renaming in Ukraine: recommendations on how to do it right.

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