Two streets and a square in Moscow to be named after Soviet marshals

July 3, 2020
Social sector

In the year of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, Moscow will rename two streets and a square. They will be named after prominent military leaders. Holding the memory of war heroes in the city’s toponymy has become a good tradition.

“In February 2020, Pavel Fitin Street appeared in Moscow, named after the Lieutenant General and legendary head of the USSR’s foreign intelligence, as well as Dmitry Mikhailik Square, named for the Lieutenant General and deputy chief of USSR civil defence. By the end of the year, two more streets and a square are expected to be renamed. The name Marshal Batitsky will be given to a street in Yuzhnohe Chertanovo, Rotmistrov Street, named for the Chief Marshal of the Armored Forces will appear in Shchukino, and in the Khoroshevo-Mnevniki District near the intersection of Narodnogo Opolcheniya and Berzarin streets, people will find Marshal Ustinov Square,” Alexei Yemelyanov, Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage said.

The street names were reviewed and approved by the City Interdepartmental Names Commission.

In addition to street and square names, monuments are also erected and memorial plaques placed in their honour in Moscow. A monument to railway workers – participants in the Great Patriotic War and home front workers who made an outstanding contribution to Victory will be installed in the garden square on Komsomolskaya Square. The team of sculptors, led by People’s Artist of Russia, sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov, has almost completed the monument.

“Moscow has a very important tradition – the annual installation of memorial plaques to heroes. Since 2011, about 40 plaques have been unveiled in the capital. In 2021, two new memorial plaques will adorn the city: one to Marshal of the Soviet Union Filipp Golikov and one to mortar crew commander Alexander Akinshin. In addition, next year memorial plaques to pilot-cosmonaut Nikolai Rukavishnikov, test pilot Vladimir Kokkinaki, statesman Vladimir Alkhimov, Aviation Lieutenant General Ivan Tsapov and company commander of a rifle regiment Viktor Yudin are planned to be unveiled,” said Alexei Yemelyanov.

The Department of Cultural Heritage will hold a competition for the artistic design, production and installation of memorial plaques. The department head noted that on the year of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, five memorial plaques to the following Heroes of the Soviet Union have already been unveiled: Oka Gorodovikov (11 Bolshoi Rzhevsky Pereulok), Alexander

Balyasnikov (39 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street), Ivan Banov (8/1 Marshal Biryuzov Street), Grigory Dobrunov (83/4 Zelyony Prospekt), and Georgy Mosolov (24 Frunzenskaya Embankment).

A list of candidates for the installation of memorial plaques is approved annually by the Interregional Public Organisation, Club of Heroes of the Soviet Union, Heroes of the Russian Federation and Full Holders of the Order of Glory of the City of Moscow and the Moscow Region. Then it is submitted for consideration at a meeting of the Commission to perpetuate the memory of outstanding events and personalities in national history and culture.

In addition, designs of three commemorative signs have been developed at the expense of the city. They are dedicated to the Moscow divisions of the national militia formed during the Great Patriotic War. They will be installed this year.

Since the end of the Great Patriotic War, more than 160 items of monumental and decorative art dedicated to the courage and heroism of people who fought for their homeland have been installed in the capital.


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