City may re­name street near Rus­sian Em­bassy

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WASHINGTON – Dis­si­dents of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin urged the D.C. Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day to re­name the street in front of the Rus­sian Em­bassy in Washington to honor a promi­nent op­po­si­tion leader as­sas­si­nated in Moscow.

They said the sym­bolic re­nam­ing of the street for Boris Nemtsov, who was slain in 2015, would send a strong sig­nal to the world that the United States stands for democ­racy and free­dom.

“The cur­rent Rus­sian po­lit­i­cal regime wants to erad­i­cate the mem­ory of my father since it be­lieves – cor­rectly – that sym­bols are im­por­tant and can po­ten­tially fa­cil­i­tate and in­spire change,” said Nemtsov’s daugh­ter, Zhanna Nemtsova, who flew from Ger­many to tes­tify be­fore the D.C. Coun­cil. The leg­is­la­tion, in­tro­duced in Oc­to­ber, would des­ig­nate Wis­con­sin Av­enue, be­tween Ed­monds and Davis streets, as “Boris Nemtsov Plaza.” The name would ap­pear be­neath the ex­ist­ing Wis­con­sin Av­enue street sign and ad­dresses would not change. Coun­cil Chair­man Phil Men­del­son said he ex­pects ap­proval next year.

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