The Moscow city government is asking residents to choose a name that glorifies the Russian invasion of Ukraine for a spot in front of the US embassy.
Officials in the Russian capital are urging residents to vote on a list of three names for the spot that glorify all the Russian-backed separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. The naming of the currently unnamed square, which shares a block with the US embassy, is a thinly veiled affront to Washington and another sign of the deteriorating relations between the two countries over the war in Ukraine.
The list of names submitted by the Moscow city government for the square includes Defenders of Donbass Square, Donetsk People’s Republic Square and Hero of Russia Vladimir Artemovich Zhoga Square, he reported The Moscow time.
The names refer to Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine where Russian-backed separatists are currently fighting Ukrainian forces. The region, which has a large Russian-speaking population, has seen separatists declare independent republics for Donetsk and Luhansk.
Vladimir Zhoga was a Separatist military leader who was killed during fighting earlier this year.
“The Moscow City Administration has received numerous requests from citizens with different names [for the square]so we decided to put the issue through a citywide vote,” said the city’s Active Citizen platform Times.
The platform had registered 25,000 votes and did not specify when it would be shut down. Residents also have the option to leave the decision to local authorities.
Moscow City Council said on its Telegram channel earlier this month that it wanted to name the square on the corner of Bolshoi Devyatinsky Lane and Konyushkovskaya Street to “honor the heroes fighting Nazism.” Russia said it attacked Ukraine to denazify its pro-European government, a justification rejected by Western powers.
Cities in Albania, Latvia and Lithuania have all renamed streets in honor of Ukrainian forces in a gesture of support for besieged Britain metro reported. In Scotland, a campaign is underway to rename the street where the Russian consulate is located.
The US has previously launched a similar strike against Russia. In 2018, Congress passed legislation naming the street in front of the Russian embassy “Boris Nemtsov Plaza” in honor of a slain opposition leader.
“We are surprised but not offended by the Russian government’s proposal to rename a part of central Moscow near the US Embassy as ‘Donbass Defenders Square,'” the US Embassy in Russia said in a Telegram post response to the survey.
news week has asked the Russian government for a statement.
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