Kalinin Square, Minsk

Kalinin Square (Belarusian:Плошчы Калініна) is the 5th square on the Independence Avenue of Minsk. The square was named in honor of the Soviet Head of State Mikhail Kalinin. The square started to form in 1953. The monument to Kalinin, located on the square, was built in 1978.[1][2]

Monument to Mikhail Kalinin
Monument to Mikhail Kalinin in Minsk.jpg
Height~5.5 m[1]
Opening date1978[1]
Dedicated toMikhail Kalinin
Kalinin Square in 2018

Criticism of the nameEdit

An official letter concerning the need for destruction of the monument to Mikhail Kalinin and removing his name from the city's toponymy was sent to the Minsk Executive Committee by Belarusian activists in 2010.[3] This was attributed to the fact that Mikhail Kalinin was one of six members of the Soviet Politburo who signed an order to execute 25,700 Polish "nationalists and counterrevolutionaries" kept at camps and prisons in western Ukraine and Belarus, on 5 March 1940, during the Katyn Massacre.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Площадь и улица Калинина".
  2. ^ "Площадь Калинина в Минске | Планета Беларусь" (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  3. ^ "Памятник Калинину попросят убрать с одноименной площади Минска". TUT.BY (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  4. ^ Brown, Archie (2009). The Rise and Fall of Communism. Ecco/HarperCollins. pp. 140. ISBN 978-0-06-113879-9.

Coordinates: 53°55′25″N 27°36′28″E / 53.9235°N 27.6079°E / 53.9235; 27.6079