List of street names changed around diplomatic mission buildings for political reasons

This list details situations in which a government hosting a foreign diplomatic mission building (such as an embassy or consulate) has deliberately changed the name of the street adjoining said building (often thereby making the name part of the official street address of the building) with the intent of sending a political message to the foreign government.

  • Albania:
    • The street where the Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, and Kosovan embassies reside was renamed to Free Ukraine Street (Rruga Ukraina e Lirë) in Tirana on the 7th of March 2022, reacting to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.[1][2]
  • Czech Republic:
    • In February 2020, the square in front of the Russian Embassy in Prague was renamed “Boris Nemtsov Square” (náměstí Borise Němcova) after a critic of the Russian government who was murdered in 2015. After the renaming, the embassy switched to using a post address referring to another entrance to the building.[3]
    • In April 2022, a part of the street used by the Russian Embassy in Prague was renamed “Heroes of Ukraine street” (Ukrajinských hrdinů), reacting to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The previously unnamed bridge over a railway was named “Skakun Bridge” (Skakunův most) after Vitalii Skakun.[4]
  • Iran:
  • Latvia:
    • With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, on March 10, 2022 Riga City Council renamed a section of Antonijas iela, where the Russian embassy is located, to "Ukrainian Independence Street".[7]
  • Lithuania:
  • Norway:
    • The borough of Frogner in Oslo voted on March 8, 2022 to change the formal address of the Russian embassy to "Ukraine Square", in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[9]
  • Russia:
    • In 2022, the unnamed territory in front of the US Embassy was named after Donetsk People's Republic, the geographical coordinates are used by the institution instead now.[10] The same happened to the territory in front of the UK Embassy, which was named after Luhansk People's Republic; the embassy refused to use the new address.[11]
  • Saudi Arabia:
    • In 1948, US-Saudi diplomatic relations began when the US’ first diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia was located in a traditional house in Jeddah.[12] In response to the US' support to Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict, the street was named Falastin Street (شارع فلسطين) in support of Palestine.[13]
  • Scotland:
    • In 1986, the local Glasgow government changed the name of the street adjoining the South African consulate to Nelson Mandela Place in recognition of the anti-apartheid activist who was at the time imprisoned by the South African government.[14]
  • Turkey:
  • United States:


  1. ^ Romina Kuko Deputy Minister of Interior - Government of Albania, Twitter, 2022-03-07
  2. ^ Reuters (2022-03-06). "Albania renames street in capital Tirana as Free Ukraine". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  3. ^ "Ruské velvyslanectví tvrdí, že adresu nezměnilo, ale zrušil mu ji pražský magistrát" [Russian embassy claims it did not change its address, Prague City Council revoked it] (in Czech). Czech Television. 2020-04-19. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  4. ^ "Přejmenovaná ulice Ukrajinských hrdinů v Praze 6 je osazena novými tabulemi" [New signs placed on the renamed street of Heroes of Ukraine in Prague 6] (in Czech). Czech News Agency. 2022-04-22. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  5. ^ E. O'Ballance (4 November 1996). Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorism, 1979-95: The Iranian Connection. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 162–. ISBN 978-0-230-37606-9.
  6. ^ "Britain to reopen embassy in Iran on Bobby Sands Street". belfasttelegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  7. ^ "Russian embassy in Riga now will have address of Ukrainian Independence Street | News | LETA". Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  8. ^ Lithuanian capital to change Russian embassy address to Heroes of Ukraine street, Reuters, 2022-03-03
  9. ^ Kwai, Isabella; Libell, Henrik Pryser; Anderson, Christina (2022-03-10). "'Free Ukraine Street': Russian Embassies Get Pointed New Addresses". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  10. ^ "Около посольства Великобритании в Москве появится площадь «ЛНР»". Радио Свобода. Archived from the original on 2022-07-06. Retrieved 2022-07-06.
  11. ^ "Посольство Великобритании в Москве отказалось менять адрес". (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-07-31.
  12. ^ "US Consulate General in Jeddah relocates". Arab News. 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  13. ^ "سبب تسمية شارع فلسطين في جدة". الموسوعة السعودية (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  14. ^ Norman Ferguson (1 January 2013). Glasgow Book of Days. History Press. pp. 293–. ISBN 978-0-7524-8910-0.
  15. ^ "Street name of new US embassy building in Ankara changed to 'Malcolm X' - Turkey News". Hürriyet Daily News.
  16. ^ Washington's Sakharov Plaza: A Message to Russia, Toledo Blade, 27 August 1984. Retrieved May 2013
  17. ^ "Is Washington trolling Russia by honoring a murdered Putin critic?". 7 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Trolling, DC-style: Russian Embassy gets a new street name". AP NEWS. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  19. ^ Franklin, Jonathan (2021-12-08). "D.C. council renames the street in front of the Saudi embassy after Jamal Khashoggi". NPR. Retrieved 2022-03-08.