Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport


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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. According to results of a nationwide vote that ended on Tuesday, Moscow’s two major airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo, will be named after 19th century poet Alexander Pushkin and 18th century scientist and polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, respectively.

The results of the all-Russian vote to rename airports all across Russia, headlined Russia’s Great Names, were announced late on Tuesday on the Rossiya-1 TV channel.

“The Sheremetyevo airport will be named after Alexander Pushkin, Domodedovo will be named after Mikhail Lomonosov,” TV presenter Yevgeny Popov said.

According to information on the official portal of the vote, more than 40,000 people voted for Pushkin and over 188,000 – for Lomonosov.

A decision on whether a runoff is required to select a new name for the Russian capital’s third airport, Vnukovo, will be made over the next few days.

The nationwide vote to name 47 Russian airports after historic figures was held on October 11-30. In total, over 5.52 million people took part in the vote. According to the expert council’s decision, the runoff vote will be required for airports in Arkhangelsk, Nizhnevartovsk and St. Petersburg and will take place on December 10-21. The expert council will also decide on whether a runoff was necessary to decide on names for airports in Penza, Mineralnye Vody and Gorno-Altaisk in the coming days.

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