KIEV, February 24 – RIA Novosti. Kharkiv City Council on Wednesday renamed Grigorenko Avenue in the name of Zhukov for the third time, according to the Internet edition “Strana.ua”.
Earlier, the Second Administrative Court of Appeal did not satisfy the appeal of the Kharkiv City Council in the case of renaming Grigorenko Avenue into Zhukov Avenue. The court upheld the decision of the court of first instance of June 18, 2020, which declared the decision of the Kharkiv City Council to rename the avenue again unlawful and invalid.
According to the newspaper, this decision to rename was supported by 57 City Council deputies, 16 voted against, six abstained.
It is reported that during the voting, a scuffle took place near the building of the Kharkiv City Council between the right-wing radicals from the National Corps organization and supporters of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, who supported the renaming. During the fight, according to the newspaper, gas canisters were used.
Georgy Zhukov is an outstanding Soviet military leader, Marshal of the Soviet Union. He remained in history as one of the main creators of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Under his leadership, the defense of Leningrad and the defeat of the Nazi troops near Moscow were carried out. Many other significant events of the Great Patriotic War and World War II are associated with his name; June 24, 1945 Zhukov hosted the Victory Parade in Moscow. In the post-war period, Zhukov served as commander-in-chief of the ground forces of the armed forces of the USSR, commanded the troops of the Odessa and Ural military districts. From 1955 to 1957 he was the Minister of Defense of the USSR.
Since May 2015, a law “on condemnation of the communist and Nazi regimes” has been in effect in Ukraine, which prohibits the propaganda of Soviet symbols. It involves, in particular, the renaming of cities and streets named after Soviet statesmen. The Institute of National Remembrance has published a list of 520 historical figures whose activities fall under the law “on decommunization”, and therefore their names should disappear from geographical names. The document caused a great resonance in society, since the boundaries of its application were not clearly defined in it.