Moscow, October 8, 2010
Acting deputy mayor in Moscow government Valery Vinogradov does not exclude a possibility that streets named after revolutionary figure and assassin of the family of Tsar Nicholas II, Pyotr Voikov, could be renamed.
"This question will be further discussed as society actively talks about it and considers the question. We need to conduct a number of consultations, to hold a poll among local residents," he told Interfax on Friday.
Vinogradov reminded that such questions are considered by a special interdepartmental commission.
"Yes, there is a question on Voikov, it has been raised more than once, it has been more than once considered at the commission sessions. However, the commission has not found strong arguments for such a renaming. We can't return old names to the streets named after Voikov as there are no old names. But this theme can become a subject for further discussion," acting deputy mayor explained.
A metro station and some streets in north Moscow are named after Voikov. One of the capital's districts is also named after him.
The Church public project has frequently requested Moscow authorities to help rename Voikovskaya metro station and four Voikovskaya streets.
Voikov participated in the execution of the royal family. There is a version that he supplied acid to destroy bodies of Nicholas II and his relatives.