Brest residents want to name new street Ig Nobel
9:56, — society
The Brest authorities decided to ask residents how to name a new street.
A correspondent of charter97.org reports that after putting a new motorway bridge over the River Mukhavetsinto service (after the opening ceremony was postponed several times), chairman of the Brest city executive committee Kanstantsin Sumar proposed to name the bridge Berastseyski. But the authorities didn't decided yet how to name the new street and try to organise a kind of a public discussion.
Judging by reactions of Brest residents on the city's internet forums, most people don't believe the local authorities are sincere. Local dwellers already proposed the city authorities to rename one of the streets in honour of Vasil Bykau (they even proposed a particular variant – to rename the street named after Russian revolutionist Stepan Khalturin, who carried out an terrorist attack on Tsar Alexander II), but all proposals were declined.
Brest residents turn attention to the fact that there are no streets and squares named in honour of the people born in the Brest region or heroes of the national liberation movement. However, there are some streets (for example, Tadeusz Kosciuszko Street), but they are situated in unpopular unattractive city districts. The streets in the city centre are still named after heroes of the proletarian movement and figures of the Soviet epoch. Internet users note that as the current Belarusian authorities still have the Soviet ideology, they must change it (including the country's flag and coat of arms) and then changes in street names will be logical.
Most variants of the street name have ironic political connotations (Devaluation, Ig Nobel, Comb Over Street) or have relation to historical figures of medieval Belarus (Duke Vytautas, Mikalai Radzivil Chorny, Kazimir Lyshchynski, etc). There is a proposal to name the street after Menachem Begin, a Nobel Prize winner and a former prime minister of Israel, who was born in Brest-Litovs 100 years ago.