Luhansk will be renamed Voroshilovgrad on May 9

Andrey Marochko, a representative of the people’s militia of the LPR, said that the authorities of the republic will rename Lugansk to Voroshilovgrad for one day on May 9. The corresponding decree has already been signed by the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, informs Pravda.ru.

The publication notes that the tradition of temporarily returning the capital to its former name in the Luhansk region has existed since 2020. It is also indicated that the city is renamed three times a year – on Victory Day, on June 22 (on the anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War) and on the Day of the Liberation of Lugansk from Nazi invaders (February 14).

For the first time the city received the name Voroshilovgrad in 1935 – in honor of the Soviet party and military leader Kliment Voroshilov, who in the same year received the title of Marshal of the Soviet Union. In 1957, a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR was adopted, according to which it was forbidden to assign the names of statesmen to settlements during their lifetime, in connection with which in 1958 the city again became Luhansk. In 1970, after the death of Voroshilov, there was another name change, from Voroshilovgrad to Lugansk the city was renamed again only in 1990.

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