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    Kiev Renames Street Housing Russian Consulate After Neo-Nazi Battalions

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    Kiev, Ukraine renamed several streets on Thursday after both Nazi collaborators and modern neo-Nazi groups.

    Ukraine's capital has taken further steps to embrace Nazi sympathizers, both from its grim past and its uncertain present, mirroring the excesses of China's 1960s Cultural Revolution: On Thursday it renamed one street after a WWII-era Nazi stooge and yet another after its modern-day volunteer battalions.

    The street on which the city's Russian consulate is located was renamed "Volunteer Battalions Street." Ukraine's volunteer battalions include the Neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, as well as Right Sector and other armed wings of right-wing and Neo-Nazi groups. Another pick was "Kyrylo Osmak Street"; Osmak was a Nazi collaborator.

    "Today a plenary meeting of the Kiev city council decided to rename streets, squares and avenues in the city of Kiev," Kiev's city council stated in a release.

    Kyrylo Osmak was a member of the "Ukrainian Central Committee," a collaborator group based in Nazi-occupied Krakow in what is now Poland. The group took part in creating the "Galician" SS division within Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS.

    Renaming streets housing diplomatic offices was previously practiced during the Cultural Revolution in China, when the street where the Soviet embassy was located was renamed "Anti-Revisionist Street" and the street where the US embassy was located was renamed "Anti-Imperialist Street." China later reverted the renamings, claiming they were excessive.

    Kiev is expected to rename a total of 122 streets in accordance with a law passed by Ukraine's parliament in April. Ukraine's culture minister has also ordered the dismantling of all museum pieces dedicated to the country's Soviet period.


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