The Ukrainian refugee was outraged by the Russian-language inscriptions and Soviet symbols at the Andel station of the Prague metro, and the woman demanded to remove them. This was reported on July 20 by Lidovky.
“When I read in Russian in the metro about the friendship between Moscow and Prague, I was just shocked. I don’t understand, because Czech politicians claim that the Czech Republic is against Russia, ”the Ukrainian citizen noted indignantly. According to the refugee, such symbols should be removed away from the eyes of children.
The press secretary of the Prague transport company Aneta Rzhegkova stressed that these inscriptions are an integral part of the interior of the station and reflect part of the history of both the Prague metro, the city itself and the whole country.
“We are not supporters of the culture of ostracism,” said Rzhegkova.
Prague “Andel” is one of the busiest metro stations. Local residents are already accustomed to its appearance and know its history, however, Soviet symbols often surprise guests of the country.
“I was waiting for a subway train and the hammer and sickle winked at me right at eye level. At the exit from the metro there is again a large sign “Moscow”. This confused me, at first I thought that they were filming a movie here, and they forgot to remove the inscriptions, ”a surprised tourist from Canada told the publication.
Earlier, on June 19, it was reported that Konev Street in Prague, named so in 1947 in honor of the Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev, by decision of the mayor’s office of the Czech capital, from October 1, will be named after Karel Hartig, who at the end of the 19th century was the first headman (head) of the village of Zizkov, on whose territory the street was then located. The length of Konev Street is about 3.4 km.
On May 9, the recommendation of the State Commission for the Standardization of Geographical Names for Citizens to abandon the Russian name of Kaliningrad and use the local toponym Krulewiec came into force in Poland. Also, the Poles are advised to use the toponym Krulevetsky region. Poland said that every country has the right to use traditional names in its language.
Political scientist Kirill Averyanov, in an interview with Izvestia, noted that Poland’s renaming of Kaliningrad to Krulevets is a purely political decision, it has nothing to do with toponymy and history.