MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Mykola Skoryk stated this, commenting on the renaming of the toponymic names of the city of Odesa, which had historical value and reflected the respect of Odesa citizens to some citizens and events.
The parliamentarian wrote a request to the name of the Odesa Mayor Henadiy Trukhanov with a request to provide explanations for the main provisions of the Odesa City Council's policy regarding the forcible renaming of the streets of Odesa, and also asked to perpetuate the memory of Borys Litvak and Sholom Aleichem.
Mykola Skoryk noted in his request that he had already applied for the renaming of two streets in honor of the famous writer Sholom Aleichem, who lived in Odesa, and also in honor of the Hero of Ukraine, the Honorary inhabitant of Odesa and the region, the founder of the charitable foundation and rehabilitation center for disabled children, known in Odesa and far beyond its borders as "The House with the Angel", Borys Litvak. But these proposals have not been considered so far.
"Borys Litvak is a great man, philanthropist, public figure and great contemporary. As an Honorary citizen of Odesa, he deserved that in Odesa there was a street in his honor. This is the person who causes admiration and respect. As for Sholom Aleichem, he is a great writer, the author of great works, because Jewish culture is the Odesa color. If you already rename the streets, it is only in honor of people who are worthy of it and whose contribution to history was valuable. The key to the success of the city's tourism potential is the preservation of artifacts and cultural heritage," MP Mykola Skoryk said.
In addition, Mykola Skoryk added that the forced renaming of the streets of Odesa was made possible by the failure of the Odesa City Council to comply with the requirements of the Law of Ukraine "On the Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist Totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the Prohibition of Propaganda of their Symbols" regarding the voluntary renaming of toponyms.
Note that in 2017, the deputy of the Odesa City Council from the OPPOSITION BLOC, a member of the Historical Toponymic Commission, Oleksandr Orlov sent a letter to the head of the Historical Toponymic Commission, Vice-Mayor Zinaida Tsvirinko.