The city council in the southern Czech town of Ceske Budejovice has voted in favor of revoking the honorary citizenship of Valentina Tereskova, the first woman to go into space, offnews.bg reported.
The decision is based on the fact that 85-year-old Tereshkova, who is now a member of the State Duma, actively supports Vladimir Putin and Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Thirty-two municipal councilors voted in favor and five against. “The council’s will is to revoke this citizenship. Tereshkova is a close ally of Putin and approves of the atrocities taking place in Ukraine,” said municipal councilor Shimon Heller.
In the end, four councilors from the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and Jan Kubes from the Citizens for Budejovice movement, which is in the coalition in the mayor’s office, opposed the proposal.
Honorary citizenship was awarded 43 years ago for space flight. She herself was in the “East” for many hours, and the feat in 1963 is indisputable. I understand the position of some colleagues, as the situation in Ukraine is critical and I I certainly do not approve of it, but I do not think we have the right to respond in this way to what is happening in Ukraine. I do not agree with that, “said Kubesh, adding that history cannot be erased and the solution is vile.
So far, 118 people have received honorary citizenship of Ceske Budejovice. Tereshkova is the last person to receive this title in 1979. Since then, the city has not awarded honorary citizenship.