Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport to be renamed after Russian poet Alexander Pushkin

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Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport has been renamed after Russian poet Alexander Pushkin after the an all-Russian vote to rename airports was annnounced on 5 December.

The name of Alexander Pushkin will be added to the name of Sheremetyevo and the airport said it will “be the key element of airport’s national identity and embodiment of the great achievements of Russia”. The name of the poet will also be reflected in the architectural appearance of Sheremetyevo.

Sheremetyevo will reveal the new name with the special plaques, which will be installed in the terminals. Within the new educational and cultural program, the literary soirees will be held in the History Museum of Sheremetyevo (Terminal F, floor 5).

As part of the vote that ended on 4 December, Moscow Domodedovo International Airport is to be renamed after 18th century scientist and polymath Mikhail Lomonosov. More than 40,000 people voted for Pushkin and over 188,000 for Lomonosov.

The nationwide vote to name 47 Russian airports after historic figures was held from 11-30 October. In total, over 5.52 million people took part in the vote.

A runoff vote will be required for airports in Arkhangelsk, Nizhnevartovsk and St. Petersburg and will take place from 10-21 December and a decision on whether a runoff was necessary to decide on names for airports in Penza, Mineralnye Vody and Gorno-Altaisk will be announced soon.