Friday, October 5, 2018

Putin’s Man in Orthodox Hierarchy Wants to Rename Russia’s Airports for National Heroes

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 5 – Metropolitan Tikhon of Pskov, who is known to be close to Vladimir Putin and sometimes has been described as the Kremlin leader’s spiritual advisor, says that major Russian airports now named for long-ago villages should be rechristened with the names of Russian national heroes.

            The hierarch told students at Pskov State University that this is no more than international practice, noting that an airport in Paris is named after deGaulle and one in Liverpool bears the name of Beatles’ star John Lennon (

            The metropolitan suggested that the airport in Pskov itself should be named for Princess Olga, that Sheremetyevo should be rechristened as Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and that Pulkovo should become Aleksandr Pushkin Airport. There has been no official reaction yet, but given Tikhon’s influence, his proposal will certainly be taken seriously. 

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