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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Lennon Street

YEKATERINBURG, Ural Mountains — Most Russian cities have a street called Lenin, but Chelyabinsk will become the first to have a Lennon Street.

Valery Yarushin, a onetime Soviet rock star and lifelong Beatles fan, said in a telephone interview that city council deputies had voted overwhelmingly to back his proposal to name a street after murdered Beatle member John Lennon.

"At the City Duma hearing there were only two opponents of the idea," he said. "They said there were plenty of people in Chelyabinsk who … deserved the honor. But good sense won out and all the other deputies voted ‘Yes.’"