Decommunization reform: 25 districts and 987 populated areas in Ukraine renamed in 2016

Decommunization reform: 25 districts and 987 populated areas in Ukraine renamed in 2016

The Ukrainian Institute of National Memory has released the results of a reform on decommunization carried out in 2016. Thus, as of December, Ukrainians renamed 51,493 streets and 987 cities and villages, removed 1,320 monuments to Lenin and 1,069 monuments to other communist leaders and figures, the government’s official website reports. 

“The year 2016 became a year of decommunization in Ukraine. Since the Law [on decommunization] came into effect, Ukraine has done more on overcoming the legacy of the totalitarian past, than during the whole time of independence. Changes that can be easily noticed on a map of the country or any individual settlement are irreversible - they are an essential element of our integration into democratic Europe,” Chairman of the Institute Volodymyr Viatrovych said.

Also, in 2016, the Verkhovna Rada renamed 25 districts and 987 populated areas (of which 32 are cities). When choosing new names of cities and villages, Parliament mostly approved proposals submitted by local communities.


While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website and to the website of a foreign media outlet. Citing and using materials in offline media, mobile apps, Smart TV are allowed only with written permission from Ukrinform. News and publications marked as "Advertisement" and "PR" and articles in the section "Releases" include promoted content, and an advertiser is responsible for the content.

© 2015-2024 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Website design Studio Laconica

Extended searchHide extended search
By period: