Thousand of Ukrainian cities, villages and 52 streets decommunized for 2016

Source : 112 Ukraine

People chose names for 51 493 streets and 987 cities and villages, 1320 of “Lenins” and monuments to 1069 other totalitarian idols were dismantles
11:20, 29 December 2016


Ukrainian Institute of National Memory published results of the decommunization reform as of December 2016.

According to data of the regional administrations received by the institute 51,493 of toponymy objects in cities, towns and villages have already lost their totalitarian names. These objects are streets, squares, parks etc.

2389 of monuments and memorial signs were dismantled in Ukraine, among them 1320 were named after Lenin.

The Verkhovna Rada renamed 25 of regions and 987 of settlements (among them 32 cities). The Parliament of Ukraine mainly relied on local communities’ suggestions in naming cities and villages.

“2016 year became a year of decommunization in Ukraine. During the action of the law, Ukraine did more to overcome the consequences of the totalitarian past than for the whole time after the independence. The changes that are easy to see on the maps of the country or of other settlement are irreversible and they are the necessary element of our integration to the democratic Europe,” the Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Volodymyr Viatrovych emphasized.

Related: Communists held a rally in honor of Lenin's birthday in Sevastopol

The Law “On condemnation of Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda symbolism" took effect on May 21, 2015.”

Ukraine and Russia: when decommunization means decolonization. Kremlin has mixed communist ideas, traditional Russian-imperial values, and orthodoxy, so current decommunization is also decolonization of Ukrainian national self-expression.

Earlier people were mocking on Lenin fall all over the country in social networks.

Related: Largest monument to Lenin in Ukraine demounted in Zaporizhia

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