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