Vladimir Putin signed Executive Order On Giving Several Russian Airports Names of Persons Who Have Performed Special Service to the Fatherland.
The Executive Order names a number of Russian airports after prominent public and political figures.
In particular, Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport has been named after aircraft designer Andrei Tupolev; Domodedovo, after scientist Mikhail Lomonosov; and Sheremetyevo, after poet Alexander Pushkin. The airport in Mineralnye Vody has been named after another poet, Mikhail Lermontov; Simferopol airport, after artist Ivan Aivazovsky; and Voronezh airport after Peter the Great.
Names of various prominent figures in Russian history have also been given to other Russian airports, including those in Anadyr, Anapa, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Belgorod, Blagoveshchensk, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Magadan, Murmansk, Nizhnevartovsk, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Norilsk, Omsk, Penza, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Pskov, Samara, Sochi, Stavropol, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Tomsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Khabarovsk, Cheboksary, Chelyabinsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Yakutsk.
The airports have been named after prominent compatriots to perpetuate their memory and to contribution to the development of the state. Last year, a nationwide competition was organised for Russian citizens to vote online and choose the names; its results were summed up in December 2018.
via Website of the President of Russia