City may rename street near Russian Embassy
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.