Kirovohrad

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Kropyvnytskyi (UkrainianКропивницький) is a city in central Ukraine on the Inhul river and is the administrative center of the Kirovohrad Oblast. Population: 232 052 (2015 est.).

Between 1939 and 2016 it was called Kirovohrad (UkrainianКіровоградКировоград) after the First Secretary of the Leningrad City Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) Sergei Kirov. Earlier names included Yelisavetgrad (Єлисаветград) and Zinovyevsk(Зінов’євськ).

The city is the birthplace of noted figures such as Grigory ZinovievVolodymyr VynnychenkoArseny TarkovskyAfrican Spir, and others.

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed the bill banning Communist symbols on May 15, 2015, which required places associated with communism to be renamed within a six-month period. On 25 October 2015 (during the local election) 76.6% of the Kirovohrad voters voted for renaming the city to Yelisavetgrad. A draft law currently before the Ukrainian parliament would prohibit any names associated with Russian history since the 14th century, which would make the name Yelisavetgrad inadmissible as well. A committee of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) chose the name Inhulsk on 23 December 2015. This name is a reference to the nearby Inhul river. On 31 March 2016 the State Construction, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government committee of the Verkhovna Rada recommended to parliament to rename Kirovohrad to Kropyvnytskyi. This name is a reference to writer, actor and playwright Marko Kropyvnytskyi, who was born near the city. On 14 July 2016, the name of the city was finally changed to Kropyvnytskyi