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Author`s name Ольга Савка

A street named in honor of the killed Chechen president to appear in Moscow

However, the decision about the name of the new street violates the Moscow Law

A board in memory of the former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was killed in Chechnya on May 9, was unveiled near the Chechen diplomatic office in Moscow on Monday. Deputy Moscow mayor, Anatoly Petrov, Kadyrov's brother Magomed Kadyrov, presidential envoy in the Chechen republic Nikolay Aydinov participated in the ceremony. Magomed Kadyrov thanked President Putin and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov on behalf of Akhmad Kadyrov's family for immortalizing Akhmad Kadyrov's name.

A special competition was announced in Chechnya for the bronze bust of the Chechen president. The bust is to be erected in the Chechen city of Gudermes. A similar competition has been announced for the memorial board for the house of government in Grozny. In addition, a film crew is working on a motion picture devoted to the life of the Chechen president.

The Chechen authorities have already taken measures to immortalize Kadyrov's name in the republic. Grozny's central square and street have been named in honor of Akhmad Kadyrov (the square used to be called the Lenin Square in Soviet times).

It is not ruled out that Akhmad Kadyrov's Street will soon appear in Moscow too. “It will be an absolutely new street in one of developing districts of Moscow,” the chairman of the Moscow government press service, Mikhail Solomentsev, told reporters.

Rumors about a Moscow street to be named in honor of the Chechen president appeared soon after Kadyrov's killing. The Moscow government, however, did not hurry to immortalize the name of the Chechen leader, because it would violate the city law about the designation of Moscow streets and metro stations. Professor Mikhail Gorbanevsky said: “I was very surprised to read a message from Interfax and Russian major media outlets, which said that Akhmad Kadyrov Street will appear in Moscow. Such a decision would be illegal. According to Moscow Law, the names of renowned Russian or foreign citizens can be designated only to new streets, and not less than in ten years after the person's death. An attempt to name a new Moscow street in honor of the killed Chechen president would be absolutely illegal.”

Such an attitude to the law will not bring any good to the reputation of the Moscow government. “This is a special case. There was an order from President Putin, that is why one should not pay too much attention to the matter,” a spokeswoman for the Moscow interdepartmental committee, Natalia Keltseva said.