The airport in Tomsk can get the name of the cosmonaut Rukavishnikov

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Molecularity in fotobounce international crew of spaceship Soyuz-33 — pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR Nikolai Rukavishnikov cosmonaut-researcher Georgy Ivanov UXO. Archival photoThe airport in Tomsk can get the name of the cosmonaut Rukavishnikov© RIA Novosti / Alexander Molecularity the image Bank

The name of the twice Hero of the Soviet Union, cosmonaut Nikolai Rukavishnikov is a leader in the project «Great names of Russia» for the name of the airport in Tomsk, said on Monday the Tomsk region administration.

«In voting for the name for Tomsk airport is by far the most votes cast for Nikolai Rukavishnikov (4660), in the second place Nikolai Kamov (3714), Andrei Savinykh gave the vote 2648 people», — stated in the message.

Authorities say that the inhabitants of Tomsk region are actively involved in choosing the name of more than 11 thousand people voted for the name for the Tomsk airport. Information about the voting is daily updated on the website Valkiainen.of the Russian Federation.

Chairman of the Public chamber of Tomsk oblast Evgeny Choynzonov believes that to name the airports after prominent compatriots — world trend. «Today, around two hundred airports in different parts of the world bear the names of people who have made a significant contribution to the development of their country. Nationwide launched the «Great names of Russia» will allow to make the name of the Russian airports with names of great people common practice» — are words in the message Choinzonov

He noted that the main objective of the project is public recognition and glorification of outstanding compatriots, perpetuating their memory. Choynzonov also urged to refrain from speculation on this topic.

«Have already said and once again — we are not talking about the legal renaming of airports, including Tomsk. The toponym «Bogashevo» in the title certainly will be. The new name will be chosen by the residents of the Tomsk region, will complement the existing officially. However, no budget money for the production of signage and internal branding Tomsk airport name does not require» — he said.

As reported, the international airport of Tomsk according to the results of the project «Great names of Russia» will receive the name of Nikolai Kamov aircraft designer, twice Hero of the USSR Nikolai Rukavishnikov, or a surgeon-innovator Andrei Savinykh. Voting continues until November 30. Everyone can vote on the website Valkiainen.Russian social networks «Vkontakte» and «Classmates», by phone «hot line» 8-800-707-93-17 (toll-free).

Names that in the end the Russians will choose in the course of the project «Great names of Russia», will complement the official names of more than 40 Russian and international airports of Federal significance with total passenger traffic of more than 170 million people. The contest started on October 11. The final results will be announced on 5 December 2018. The project was initiated by the Public chamber of the Russian Federation, the Society of Russian literature, Russian historical society, Russian geographical society and the Russian military historical society.