Rússia em fúria com novo nome de Kaliningrado
May 11, 2023 - O Kremlin disse que a decisão da Polónia de rebatizar o exclave russo de Kaliningrado é um “acto hostil”.
Kaliningrad, which sits in an exclave sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, was known by the German name of Königsberg until after the second world war, when it was annexed by the Soviet Union and renamed to honour politician Mikhail Kalinin.
Mikhail Kalinin was one of six Soviet Politburo signatories to the order to execute more than 21,000 Polish prisoners of war in the forests of Katyn and elsewhere in 1940.
Warsaw says that Kalinin’s connexion to the Katyn Massacre has negative connotations and that exclave should be called Królewiec – the Polish translation of Königsberg.
Kaliningrad is strategically important to Moscow because it houses the Russian Baltic Fleet at the port of Baltiysk and is one of Russia's only ice-free European ports.