A street in Moscow was named after famous leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5th, 2013. Hugo Chavez Street appeared in Moscow on Tuesday in the Khoroshovsky district in the north of Moscow, ITAR-TASS reported.
"Right now I feel that the memory of Chavez is alive. He visited Moscow ten times and never felt like a stranger here. With his infinite love for justice and equality, he crossed the borders of the land where he was born. In the XXI century, he saw the new Russia. Chavez always remembered that Moscow became the line that broke the claims of those who wanted to conquer the world during the 1940s.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the city government, numerous Russian guests and members of diplomatic missions. After the hymns of the two countries, Venezuelans, holding carnations in their hands, started chanting "Chavez Forever!" and "Viva Maduro!"
According to the map, there are no residential buildings on Hugo Chavez Street, so no one will have to change their passports. The street is 170 meters long; it connects Mikoyan Street and Leningrad Avenue. The new street is a small park that leads to a hotel.
The decision to rename ten streets of Moscow, including the one to be named after Hugo Chavez, was taken at a cabinet meeting about a week ago. An official with the Public Relations Committee of the Moscow government said that the decision to name the street after the late Venezuelan leader was initiated by President Vladimir Putin.
Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela in 1999. He won four consecutive presidential elections, his last victory took place in October 2012, with a mandate to govern the country until 2019. Hugo Chavez died at age 58 in a military hospital in Caracas. He had been struggling with cancer for nearly two years.