The German “Left Party” proposed to perpetuate the memory of the first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, by naming one of the streets in East Berlin after him. On Wednesday, August 31, according to Welt.
According to the leader of the parliamentary group Carsten Schatz, Gorbachev “played a key role” in the history of the German capital, so it would be appropriate to give his name to a significant city object.
It is noted that, according to current regulations, a street or square in Berlin can be named after a person only five years after his death. However, Schatz insists, in this situation, you should not wait for a long time.
The head of the “Left” added that the residents of the city should decide on their own which street will be renamed in memory of the merits of the former Soviet leader.
Earlier Wednesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that thanks to Gorbachev and perestroika, “democracy and freedom in Europe became possible,” and a divided Germany was able to unite.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in turn, noted that his country will always respect the late head of the USSR for “the courage to promote democracy and build bridges between East and West, to remember his great vision of a common and peaceful European home.”
Late in the evening on August 30, it became known that Mikhail Gorbachev died at the age of 92 after a long illness. In 2019, he was in a medical facility under the supervision of doctors.
A source from a close circle of the deceased said that the politician would be buried at the Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow next to his wife Raisa. The funeral ceremony will take place on September 3rd.
Mikhail Gorbachev served as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU from 1985 to 1991. From 1988 to 1989 he was the last chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, from 1989 to 1990 – the first chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. The first and only president of the USSR from 1990 to 1991. In 1990, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the peace process between the Soviet Union and Western countries.