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Two streets in Riga to bear the names of famous people

01.09.2011
 | LETA

Rigamunicipality's City Development Committee has given the go-ahead for the stretch of Remtes Street from Kalnciema to Lielirbes streets in Pardaugava to bear the name of noted U.S. diplomat Sumner Wells.

Also - Sporta Street's new extension up to Pulkv.Brieza Street in midtown Riga will be given Chess Grand Master Mihails Tals' name.

Sumner Wells, as acting Secretary of State during WWII, released an instrumental document on July 23, 1940 that declared that the U.S. does not recognize the incorporation of the Baltic States into the Soviet Union.

Renaming a street in his honor was proposed by the Foreign Ministry, and the one chosen is in close proximity to the U.S. Embassy.

The legendary Mihails Tals was eight-time world champion.

Renaming a street in his honor was proposed by the Mihails Tals' Foundation.