Residents Call on Governor To Restore Historical Street Names
Published: November 30, 2011 (Issue # 1685)
About 1,500 city residents have appealed to St. Petersburg City Governor Georgy Poltavchenko requesting that a number of St. Petersburg streets and squares be given back the names they had before the 1917 Revolution, and that the names of streets named after those who took part in criminal activities be changed as well.
“It would be better to call the streets even by numbers than by the names of classic bombers such as Khalturin, Perovskaya and Zhelyabov,” said Daniil Petrov, vice president of the Historical Traditions Support Foundation.
“Terrorists shouldn’t be forgotten, but what they’ve done should be remembered only in textbooks. Streets should have different names.”
The group of city residents also asked for the names of streets named after Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionists Pavel Dybenko, Nikolai Krylenko and notorious secret police chief Felix Dzerzhinsky and a number of others to be changed.