UKRAINE SLOWLY ERASING RUSSIAN AND SOVIET CULTURE TO HONOUR ITS OWN

Dec 20, 2022

By Jane Brown

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In Ukraine, efforts are being accelerated to erase Soviet and Russian influence from public spaces by pulling down monuments and renaming hundreds of streets to honour instead Ukrainian artists, poets, soldiers and independence leaders.

A Kyiv street named for philosopher Friedrich Engels will now honour Ukrainian avant-garde poet Bohdan-Ihor Antonych.

Heroes who fell in this year’s war are also being honoured.

Valeriy Sholomitsky, 61, poses for a photo after clearing the snow at a street named after Fyodor Dostoevsky, soon to be renamed to honor Andy Warhol, the late Pop Art visionary from the United States whose parents had family roots in Slovakia, across Ukraine’s western border, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Ukraine is accelerating efforts to erase the vestiges of Soviet and Russian influence from its public spaces by pulling down monuments and renaming hundreds of streets to honor its own artists, poets, soldiers, independence leaders and others — including heroes of this year’s war. (AP Photo/Vasilisa Stepanenko)

The change is happening not just in Kyiv, but in other parts of Ukraine.

A bust of 19th-century Russian writer Alexander Pushkin has also been pulled down in the city of Dnipro.

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