The state Duma rejected on Wednesday a draft resolution about the Fact that return of the hero-city Volgograd historical name of Stalingrad And call one of the squares in the capital of Russia by the name of Joseph Stalin, and set him a monument in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Victory.
The document was introduced by the Communist faction. The relevant Committee recommended to reject this project. According to the Deputy of the Communist Ivan Nikitchuk, the Committee in their review showed that the State Duma does not have the appropriate permissions.
on Wednesday, the people's choice from the Communist party, Yuri Afonin said that the project aims at the protection of historical memory in Russia." Unfortunately, in pursuit of selfish political goals, are trying to erase the memory. And then sometimes terrible - look at our neighbor Ukraine. In the battle against fascism in the second world war she lost 8 million people, one-fifth of all residents, and today there are thousands of people marching through the streets with portraits of the Nazi executioners, " said he.
for their part, the people's choice of the "United Russia" Viktor Kazakov reminded about the existence of laws And documents defining the procedure of renaming." in this case, the right to initiate renaming belongs only to the Volgograd regional Duma. The same applies to the renaming of streets And installation of monuments, in Moscow. It is the competence of bodies of state Authority of the capital city of Russia ", - said the Cossacks.
The government of the Volgograd explaining prepared by the Communist party of the draft resolution, said that prerequisites to rename the city.
A distinguishing feature of Russian toponymy in the Soviet period was the widespread use of the names of the Directors of the country, most importantly, Vladimir Lenin, in the names of towns And streets. After Stalin came To Power was followed by numerous renaming of geographical objects in his honor, the largest such cities became Stalino (before Yuzovka, After Donetsk), Stalingrad (Tsaritsyn, Volgograd) And Stalinabad (Tajik capital of Dushanbe).
After the condemnation of the cult identity of Stalin in the early 1960's name in his honor quickly disappeared. After the fall of the Soviet Union at the turn of the 1980s and 90s are gone And many names in honor of the other Soviet leaders, most importantly, Leningrad (St. Petersburg). The Communists many times have initiated a return to Volgograd name Stalingrad, went down in history After the battle of Stalingrad in 1943, and St. Petersburg - Leningrad.