After Ukraine gained its independence in the wake of the 1991 Soviet Collapse, some Ukrainian cities replaced their statues of Lenin with statues of Taras Shevchenko and in some locations that lacked streets named to him, local authorities renamed the streets or squares to Shevchenko, even though these sites usually have little or no connection to his biography. These memorials testify, perhaps, to a greater spirit of patriotism than historical accuracy.
Life First Successes Exile Death of Shevchenko Heritage and legacy
References: 1. Shevchenko, Taras (English). Encyclopedia of Ukraine. Retrieved on March 22, 2007. 2. (Russian)Paola Utevskaya, Dmitriy Gorbachev, «He could have understood Picasso himself», Zerkalo Nedeli, July 26 - August 1, 1997. 3. (Russian)Historical page of Orsk. 4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taras_Hryhorovych_Shevchenko