Czech city strips first woman cosmonaut of honorary citizenship

Czech city strips first woman cosmonaut of honorary citizenship

Valentina Tereshkova's title has been repealed due to pro-Russia views.

The Czech city of esk Bud jovice has stripped the first female cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, of her honorary citizenship due to her support for Russia's military operation in Ukraine. The Russian State Duma member's honorary status was revoked by the city s representatives on Monday.

The city's representatives were not united in their decision to dishonor Tereshkova, with one member of the ruling party and the entire opposition party voting against the decision.

Tereshkova, who spent two hours alone in space in 1963, was granted honorary citizenship in 1979, four years after visiting the South Bohemia region of what was then called Czechoslovakia.

A previous attempt to deprive Tereshkova of her honorary citizenship last year did not pass.

In recent years, the city has stripped several once-celebrated communist politicians of their honors, and removed Soviet leader Joseph Stalin from its ranks of honorary citizens in 2017. In the eastern part of the country, the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler still counts as an honorary citizen, even though not all Czech cities are so concerned with reconciling history with current events.