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Ukrainian street name changed from Lenin to Lennon

Renaming part of communist-era name purge

By David Sands
April 1, 2016

It seems pretty clear by their actions that officials in the Ukrainian village of Kaliny are quite happy not to be back in the U.S.S.R.

We know this because they’re renaming a street originally memorializing Russian autocrat Vladimir Lenin in honor of the peace-loving Beatle John Lennon.

The redubbing of Lenin Street to Lennon Street is part of a larger effort by the Eastern European nation to eradicate communist-era names from statues, monuments and street markers. According to the Pune Mirror, Hennadiy Moskaln, governor of the Zakarpattia Oblast region of Ukraine, instituted the street name change in Kaliny, which is meant as an affront to Russians and ethnic Russian supporters for annexing the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

“It is more modern but it will help people because they (Lenin and Lennon) sound so similar,” wrote a visitor to Kaliny village website cited in the Pune Mirror article. No word yet on whether the campaign will also rename any avenues after Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr.