St. Petersburg proposed to name the airport in honour of Peter Brodsky

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in fotosensibile in Pulkovo airport. Archival photoSt. Petersburg proposed to name the airport in honour of Peter Brodsky© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

St. Petersburg residents suggested at the beginning of the nationwide competition for the assignment of names of outstanding compatriots airports to call the airport Pulkovo in honor of Peter the Great, Joseph Brodsky, Catherine II, Alexander III and several heroes of the Soviet Union, told reporters Deputy head of Committee on youth policy of city administration Christine Fedoseyev.

The contest is initiated by the Public chamber of the Russian Federation with the support of the Russian geographical society, the Society of Russian literature, the Russian military‐historical society, Russian historical society. In the framework of the project «Great names of Russia» 45 the Russian airports will be named outstanding compatriots. These names will complement the official names of the airports of international and Federal importance.

«It has already begun compiling a list of names. A few names have already been suggested: Peter the Great, Catherine II, Alexander III, Pushkin, Brodsky, Esenin and many heroes of the Soviet Union. The choice is very difficult,» she said.

According to the Deputy Chairman of the Public chamber of St. Petersburg Oleksandra Balandino, the contest procedure consists of four stages. On Suvorovsky Prospekt, 62 opened public reception, where every citizen or public organization may apply with their proposals. This can be done by 21 October. Then there will be formed a public hearing to discuss the proposed names,» said Balandin.

According to her, the second phase will be suggestions for the name of the airport to offer on the website valkiainen.Russia, as well as the hotline until October 28. In the third stage, from October 29 to November 7, the polls will determine the top three. At the last stage, from 8th to 30th of November voting, the results of which will fail in December at the forum «Volunteer of Russia».

As reported by Deputy Director General for interaction with authorities and public relations the managing company of Pulkovo «Air gate of Northern capital» Denis Pavshinsky, earlier the leadership was already an initiative to name the airport in honour of Peter the Great. «But in any case we will see what will happen with the General voting… Named Pulkovo, of course, must remain as it is historic and a landmark for St. Petersburg», — he said.