Putin named Vladimir Kokkinakis at Anapa airport
The name of Vladimir Kokkinakis will now be called Viteazevo Airport of Napa, on the north coast of the Black Sea, by a decree signed yesterday (31/5) by Vladimir Putin renaming 40 Russian airports, as sputnik reports. .
The second airport on the decree list is that of Anapa, which will now have ... something from Greece! Vladimir Kokkinakis was a USSR test pilot with many and many distinctions in his assets. He was of Greek descent, from Chios (from his father's side) but also from Chania, and in the consciousness of many Russians has passed as a national hero. Born in Novorossiysk, he became one of the best-known Soviet pilots and was honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union (Soviet Supreme Medal of Honor).
We recall that a few months ago, in 47 Russian cities, there were local "referendums" via the Internet to help people choose how to rename the country's airports. According to the results, for the airport of Anapa, the majority decided that it should be renamed to "Vladimir Kokkinakis" airport, in honor of the legendary pilot. The time has come for the proposal of thousands of Russians who took part in the vote to sign the relevant presidential decree providing for the renaming of 40 airports with names of prominent Russian personalities.