Tallinn City Government
We hereby request renaming the street section in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation (Pikk 19) in support of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has requested that the street in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Old Town of Tallinn be renamed in support of Ukraine. The main obstacle to the renaming of the street section adjacent to the Embassy of the Russian Federation building at Pikk 19 is the Tallinn City Naming Commission's strong recommendation to preserve the original street grid, an integral part of Tallinn's Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We would like to point out that the renaming of only the street section in front of the building at Pikk 19 (22 metres) does not change the historically important role of Pikk street in the Tallinn Old Town. Renaming the street section means that Pikk street will still have its place on the map of the Old Town, and only the section in front of the building of the Embassy of the Russian Federation will be renamed.
The latter will result in the fact that every time a post arrives at the Russian Embassy, it will say, for example, "Vaba Ukraina 1 (Free Ukraine 1)", and all Embassy staff will have to write "Ukraine" on their business cards. Moreover, Tallinn, as the capital of Estonia, will be taking this decision together with good friends who have already renamed a street or a section of a street in their country's embassy in support of Ukraine: Latvia, Lithuania, Albania, the Czech Republic for example. Such unity is needed more than ever.
Temporary street renaming could also be considered until:
- The Russian Federation has returned all occupied territories to Ukraine;
- the territorial integrity of Ukraine has been restored;
- war reparations have been paid fully.
We, as citizens of Tallinn, believe that it is possible to preserve Tallinn's historic street network and at the same time to send a strong message to the Embassy of the Russian Federation, and thus to the Kremlin. The renaming of the street section in front of the Russian-owned building at Pikk 19 allows both.