VILNIUS, 29 September. /TASS/. The Ministry of Justice of Latvia has prepared a bill, according to which the streets throughout the republic, named after Russian surnames, should be renamed. This was announced on Thursday by the united Latvian news portal of radio and television. lsm.lv.
According to him, in Riga they want to change the names of Pushkin, Lomonosov, Turgenev and Eisenstein streets. In particular, Pushkin Street will bear the name of Karl Mühlenbach, the compiler of the explanatory dictionary of the Latvian language. The authorities intend to replace 98 geographic names throughout the country.
According to the Minister of Justice of Latvia Janis Bordans, the existing names were deliberately assigned to “streets, monuments, and in some places even settlements in order to erase the fact of the existence of Latvia as an independent state.”
The head of the department added that it is planned to cover the costs of changing names in local governments from the state budget.
As the portal notes, in Daugavpils (southeast of Latvia) they said that they are not going to change the names of the streets, since they are connected with the rich history of the city.
Formerly Lithuanian Ministry of Culture reported about the decision of the authorities of the republic to rename the Russian Drama Theater – the only professional theater in the country that gives performances in Russian – into the Vilnius Old Theater.