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Russia Renames All Its Major Airports After Nation-Wide Internet Poll

Fortunately for travelers, the new names are a lot more memorable

As of May 31, all of Russia’s civil airports have been renamed in line with a national Internet poll on the topic.

Here are the changes (via Google Translate):

Sheremetyevo Airport – poet Alexander Pushkin;
“Domodedovo” airport – scientist Mikhail Lomonosov;
airport “Vnukovo” – aircraft designer Andrei Tupolev;
the airport of Anadyr “Ugolny” – by the writer Yuri Rytheu;
Anapa Vityazevo Airport – test pilot Vladimir Kokkinaki;
Arkhangelsk Airport – writer Fyodor Abramov;
the airport of Astrakhan – artist Boris Kustodiev;
Belgorod Airport – engineer, inventor Vladimir Shukhov;
Blagoveshchensk Airport – Count Nikolai Muravyov-Amursky;
Vladivostok airport – a scientist Vladimir Arsenyev;
the airport of Volgograd – the fighter pilot Alexei Maresyev;
Voronezh Airport – Emperor Peter I;
Ekaterinburg airport “Koltsovo” – businessman Akinfiy Demidov;
Kaliningrad Khrabrovo Airport – Empress Elizabeth Petrovna;
Kaluga Airport – scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky;
Kazan airport – poet Gabdulla Tukai;
Krasnodar Airport – Empress Catherine II;
Krasnoyarsk Airport – singer Dmitry Khvorostovsky;
Magadan Airport “Falcon” – the singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky;
the airport of Mineralnye Vody – the poet Mikhail Lermontov;
the airport of Murmansk – Emperor Nicholas II;
Airport Nizhnevartovsk – an oil engineer Viktor Muravlenko;
Nizhnekamsk Airport – Hero of Socialist Labor Nikolai Lemaev;
Strigino’s Nizhny Novgorod airport – test pilot Valery Chkalov;
Novy Urengoy Airport – geologist Ivan Gubkin;
Novosibirsk airport “Tolmachevo” – the commander Alexander Pokryshkin;
the airport of Norilsk – geologist Nikolai Urvantsev;
Omsk Airport – General Dmitry Karbyshev;
Penza airport – literary critic Vissarion Belinsky;
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport “Yelizovo” – navigator Vitus Bering;
Pskovavia Airport – Princess Olga;
Samara airport “Kurumoch” – a scientist and designer Sergey Korolev;
Simferopol Airport – artist Ivan Aivazovsky;
Sochi airport – cosmonaut Vitaly Sevastyanov;
Syktyvkar airport – pilot Peter Istomin;
Stavropol Airport – commander Alexander Suvorov;
Surgut airport – geologist Farman Salmanov;
Tomsk “Bogashevo” airport – aircraft designer Nikolai Kamov;
the Tyumen “Roshchino” airport – a scientist Dmitry Mendeleev;
Ufa airport – poet Mustay Karim;
Khabarovsk Airport – Admiral Gennady Nevelsky;
Cheboksary airport – cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev;
Chelyabinsk Airport – Physics Igor Kurchatov;
the airport of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – writer Anton Chekhov;
Yakutsk airport – writer Platon Oiunsky.

Sheremetyevo Airport, now renamed after poet Alexander Pushkin

The most “ideological” contest took place over the naming of Murmansk Airport. Should it be named after Nicholas II, the founder of Murmansk – the last city to be founded in the Russian Empire; or after Ivan Papain, a Soviet Arctic explorer – and head of the Crimean Cheka during the Civil War?

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Fortunately, Nicky won with 49% to Papanin’s 41%.

Kaluga Airtport is now named after Tsiolkovsky. Good to Russian Cosmists (the first transhumanists) getting their due.

Source: Unz Review
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