“The Council of Elders of Yerevan renamed the Irina Rodnina Figure Skating Centre by an overwhelming majority to the Yerevan Figure Skating and Hockey Sports School,” Karapetyan wrote on his Facebook page, Vestnik Kavkaza reports citing Sputnik Armenia.
The project was prepared by the Luys faction, after discussing the issue with all interested parties, including the school sponsor.
The opposition faction’s initiative is linked to Rodnina’s recent visit to Baku, where she along with other Russian parliamentarians and experts took part in a march dedicated to the Khojaly tragedy, as well as made a number of statements, including advised the Armenian public to draw conclusions from the Khojaly events, which were considered “offensive to the people” in Armenia.
At the same time, Rodnina is a member of the Armenian-Russian inter-parliamentary commission. Yerevan immediately reacted to Russian MPs’ participation in the march, while the Armenian parliament’s speaker Ararat Mirzoyan, speaking at a plenary session of the Federation Council in Moscow, expressed bewilderment over the participation of members of the Armenian-Russian inter-parliamentary commission in the rally.
The Irina Rodnina Figure Skating Centre was opened in Yerevan in December 2015 with Russian hockey players and figure skaters conducting there master classes, including the Olympic champion herself.