Deputies of the Odessa regional Council Thursday, 20 October, made the decision to ask the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to cancel the decree of the head of Odessa regional state administration Mikhail Saakashvili of renaming streets and leave the four streets of Odessa “Soviet” name changed in may, according to the law on decommunization, reports “Interfax-Ukraine”.
According to the draft decision, adopted by a majority of 54 votes, we are talking about the streets of the Kiev district of Odessa: Prospekt Marshala Zhukova, which was renamed the Avenue of the Heavenly Hundreds, the street, Valentina Tereshkova, who became the street of the heroes of Kruty, the street grandma, that I decided to name the street Seeds Yakhnenko and 25-th Chapayev division, which received the name of Dmitry Inglesi.
Heavenly Hundred – is killed by snipers during the period from 18 to 20 February 2013 the participants of Maidan heroes – participants of the battle of Kruty of 1918 between the detachment of Soviet troops and the armed militias of the Ukrainian people’s Republic, tried to stop their advance towards Kiev. Simon Yakhnenko – the mayor of Odessa, in the years 1860-1863, implemented the system of local government. Dmitry Inglesi Greek sailor, the mayor of Odessa, in the years 1818-1821.
Odessa edition “Timer” notes that the Deputy from the Opposition bloc of Viktor baranskiy collected 20 thousand signatures of citizens in favour of a ban on renaming these four streets. The appeal was supported by 54 deputies, against were only two of 17 people decided not to vote.
During the discussions between the deputies and the leadership of the regional administration there was a conflict. The initiator of the project Victor baranskiy said that these streets are not subject to the law on decommunization.
In response, the Vice-Governor of the Odessa region, Solomiya Bobrovskaya said that she has insights of the Ukrainian Institute of national memory, and urged MPs “not to disgrace the whole country.” Bobrovskaya added that it did not know why the Odessa city hall has still not complied with the law. “If you want to embarrass yourself, vote your faction,” she said.
Another MP from the Opposition bloc Vitali Sautenkov asked to give to the natives and inhabitants of Odessa the opportunity “to decide which streets we live”, and called Bobrovsky the “guest city”. “Dear guests, we do not need their culture to instill. Respect the opinion of those people who live on this territory”, – said Sautenkov.
Salome Bobrovskaya come from Exactly. Wrote the Ukrainian “Vesti”, her father is a Professor of the Rivne humanitarian University, member of the local city Council from party “Freedom” Anatoly Bobrovsky. She studied in Lviv, his diploma of master of philosophy, after he interned in the Parliament of Canada. Bobrovskaya joined Saakashvili in June 2015 as a volunteer, in August became the adviser of the Governor, and in October the Lieutenant-Governor.
In discussion members noted that the order of the head of Odessa regional state administration Mikhail Saakashvili was produced with the violations and signed a non-business day. The Chairman of regional Council Anatoly Urban stated that the order was signed by Saakashvili on Sunday, which is a violation of applicable law, and added: “So now you do not disgrace us, Solomiya”. The Deputy Abramov added that the Governor was not registered with the Ministry of justice, therefore, has not gained legal force.
This order in may, about 300 streets in settlements of Odessa region was renamed. After that, the city Council decided to re-rename streets, and historical-toponymic Commission of the city Council offered to the citizens.
The law “About the condemnation of the Communist and Nazi regimes” operating in Ukraine since may 2015. It implies, in particular, the renaming of cities and streets named after Soviet statesmen. The national memory Institute of Ukraine published a list of the 520 historic figures whose activity falls under action of the law “decommunisation”.
The renaming process continues. October 19 in the Ukrainian city of Nikolaev was renamed specialized sea port “Oktyabrsk”. Now it is officially called “Olivia.”