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Soviet City Will No Longer Be Called Andropov

From Associated Press

The Communist Party Central Committee has removed Yuri V. Andropov’s name from a city north of Moscow, Tass reported Friday, making him the latest former leader whose name has been wiped off Soviet maps.

Residents of the industrial city, 150 miles north of the capital, had asked that its original name--Rybinsk--be restored, the official news agency said.

Andropov, who succeeded Leonid I. Brezhnev in 1982, died in 1984.

Tass did not indicate whether stripping Rybinsk of the name Andropov had any political implications.

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