The name of the revolutionary Volodarsky can leave forever from the street of the ancient Russian city. And the central square will be renamed in honor of the holy Prince Michael of Tver.
Tver authorities are gradually returning the historical look to the city. Volodarsky Street, located in the center, may soon change its name, becoming Andrei Dementiev Street.
The name Sovetskaya Square, where the main government buildings are located, will change its name. It will bear the name of Michael of Tver, the holy prince, glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church, which is considered the heavenly patron of the city.
The initiative has already been approved by the Commission on Toponymy, the decisive word in the matter of renaming will be announced by the Tver City Council, whose decision will be final.
Let's even see who V. Volodarsky is, whose pseudonym is for the streets throughout our long-suffering country, and not just in Tver. His real name is Moses Markovich Goldstein, he was born in Volyn province. He became interested in revolutionary ideas in his early youth, in 1905, at the age of 14, he joined the General Jewish Workers' Union in Lithuania, Poland and Russia.
In 1913, he emigrated to the USA, where he joined the Socialist Party of America and the international trade union of tailors, together with Trotsky and Bukharin published the New World newspaper in New York.
After the tragic events of 1917, he made a rapid career under the new government, at the beginning of 1918, he was sent by the Central Committee to the congress of the armies of the Romanian front for agitation among the military. In the same year he became a press commissioner, propaganda and agitation in the Union of Communes of the Northern Region.
There, he led the repressions against the opposition press, was the chief prosecutor in a publicly public process against several non-Bolshevik evening newspapers.
In mid-June, 1918 was also the main organizer of the fraud on the results of the elections to the Petrograd Soviet. Here is such a hero of Russia.
Moreover, Volodarsky-Goldstein never had anything to do with Tver, and even with many other cities where there are streets called by his pseudonym.
The contribution of Andrei Dementiev to Russian culture is undeniable. His name and should change the name of the revolutionary. The poet was born in Tver, he never broke contact with his small homeland, and in the last years of his life he was the head of the only Poetry House in the country, which was opened right on Volodarsky Street.
And Dementiev - the poet, as they say, relevant. This year, on March 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin, congratulating women, recited Dementieva's poem:
I know all women are beautiful
As explained to the city administration, making changes to the constituent documents of legal entities in this case is not mandatory. The same applies to title documents of homeowners. Renaming is also not a reason for replacing a passport.
It is doubly pleased that these changes take place in the year of the 700 anniversary of the feat of blessed Prince Michael in the Horde, where he was brutally murdered. The monument to this Russian saint is located on Soviet Square, so the renaming will be both symbolic and appropriate.
This initiative is supported by the executive director of the Society for the Development of Russian Historical Education "Double-headed Eagle" Leonid Reshetnikov:
Michael of Tver is glorified not only by the Russian Orthodox Church as a saint, but also by our history. As a prince who fought for independence from the Mongol-Tatars, which strengthened the mood in all of Russia to fight back from this yoke. So his name must be immortalized. Moreover, this area had not previously been called Soviet. So this is a very good decision, in the spirit of the restoration of historical memory, the connection of times. Because our state is still 1000 years old, not 100.
The society “Double-headed eagle” takes the most active part in promoting such initiatives. Thanks to the organization’s activities, commemorative plaques, worship crosses at important events were installed in many Russian cities, and a significant number of streets were renamed, bearing the name of people who openly spoke forgiven Russia and the Russian people. Reshetnikov noted a certain contradiction in our modern society: terrorism as a phenomenon is condemned, but the names of people who called themselves terrorists are still scattered throughout the country’s map:
We have a lot of streets named after the terrorists. These are not our accusations or the accusations of any other people. They officially called themselves terrorists. And they were proud of it, they proclaimed terror as a means of fighting for the happiness of a person. That is, killing people - it was a means of fighting for the happiness of a person.
Reshetnikov also noted that people who oppose renaming streets, in fact, approve terrorism as such:
It turns out that in our society there are those who protect the streets with the names of terrorists: Perovskoy, Kaliaev, Khalturin, Zhelyabov. They apparently sympathize with these actions. It seems justified to them to kill, plant bombs, fly around the corner, shoot and so on. After all, it was not only top officials who were killed. Were killed and ordinary workers, ordinary employees of the state.
In Soviet times, the so-called visual agitation was well developed and put on stream. Nearly 30 years after the collapse of the communist ideology, Russia is still in a deep sleep, inspired by the propagandists of the last century.
It is obvious that the initiatives to return the historical names and erase the names of the obvious criminals from the maps of our cities are encouraging signs of the awakening of the Russian national identity.