Russian Russian Empress Catherine II Mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov opposed the demolition of the monument to the Russian Empress Catherine II Mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov opposed the demolition of the monument to the Russian Empress Catherine II.
He spoke about this in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
“Even if we destroy monuments, history will not change. I know that the petition [on the demolition of the monument to Catherine II] has gained 25 thousand signatures, but I am in favor of waiting. With this approach, should I demolish monuments to Pushkin or Gagarin? There is no sense in this,” the mayor explained his position.
At the same time, Trukhanov noted that he considers the opinion about the “pro-Russian” character of the city to be erroneous. According to him, Odessa was “a deeply international city in terms of history, geographical location, economy and culture” both during the Russian Empire and under the USSR.
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From Russia, there is a decree on the foundation of Empress Catherine II, and over the past 30 years, Russian tourists have monopolized beaches, hotels, travel agencies and the entire leisure industry. But in this Odessa is not much different from Cervinia, Courchevel or Malta,” he added.
The mayor of Odessa also called on the Ukrainian authorities to negotiate with Russia and seek compromises. The politician pointed out the importance of dialogue “in a political way” and stressed that “the lives of millions of people” are at stake.