Activists are calling for the street in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin to be named after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Instead of Unter den Linden 63-65, the address of the Russian Federation embassy should be called “Volodymyr Zelenski Platz” in the future, according to a petition started on the change.org portal. A corresponding application must be submitted to the Berlin House of Representatives and the Senate.
“Our initiative (sic!) should honor a brave European. It should also be an example of Berlin for other European capitals,” the petition says. Above all, it would probably anger Russian diplomats greatly if its letterhead included the name of the man Russian President Vladimir Putin might want to liquidate in the course of his attack on the Ukraine.
This step has already been taken in the Baltic States. The Lithuanian capital Vilnius has changed the name of the address of the Russian embassy to “Ukrainian Heroes Street”, according to the British “Guardian”. The capital of Latvia, Riga, did the same as the capital of the neighboring country and announced that the Russian embassy would be located in the “Independent Ukraine Street” in the future.
After all, around 3,000 people joined on Saturday afternoon to continue the conflict with Russia on the Berlin letterhead. The action should not be taken too seriously. Every laugh could be “the grain of sand that helps stop the destruction,” the petition says.
In this case, politicians and the administration in Berlin are likely to delay the demands of the activists. It cannot be assumed that parts of Berlin’s magnificent boulevard will be renamed. In either case, supporters should apply to the Mitte district, which is responsible for street naming in this case, and not to the Senate.
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And since the name change of several streets in the African Quarter, one thing has become clear: it will be a long time before a new name sign is put up. In addition, there is another possible adversity for the plan to help decide the war in Ukraine on the streets of Berlin: For several years, women’s names have been given priority when streets in the Mitte district are renamed.