Melnykova street in Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky district is to be renamed to Yuriya Ilyenka street. Kyiv city council made the respective decision at the Friday session.
'The renaming was approved in the course of public debates on the Unified Web Portal of Territorial Comunity in the E-City section. 1,490 citizens supported the renaming of Melnykova street; that's 67 percent of those who voted,' the message says.
Yuvenaliy Melnykov was a revolutionary, early workers union and Marxist study groups organizer in the 19th century.
Yuriy Illyenko was famous Ukrainian filmmaker and scriptwriter who created a number of works adored by the Ukrainian film critics and banned in the Soviet Union as 'anti-Soviet.' Initially, Illyenko was a member of the Communist Party since 1973 but changed his political position after the end of the Soviet Union. In 2007, during the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, his son was placed second on the election list of far-right "Svoboda" party.
Illyenko was born in Cherkasy, central Ukraine in 1936. During World War II, he and his family were evacuated to Siberia while his father was in the Red Army. He graduated a high school in Moscow and Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 1960. His 1971 film The White Bird Marked with Black, received the grand prize of the Moscow Film Festival, but at the 24th Congress of the Communist Party of Ukraine the film was banned and branded 'the most harmful movie that has ever been made in Ukraine, especially harmful to young people'. In 1987 Illyenko received the title of People's Artist of Ukraine. His 1990 film 'Swan Lake: The Zone' again won the FIPRESCI Prize. In 1991 and 1992 Illyenko was Chairman of the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation. In 1991, he was awarded the Shevchenko National Prize. His 1994 documentary about Serhiy Parajanov received the 'Golden Knight' at the Cinema City film festival. In 1996, he became a member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine.
Illyenko died in 2010, losing the battle to cancer.