At the time, Russian politicians called the District's name change a “dirty trick.”
Now one wants to strike back. Hard.
A lawmaker with Russia's nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia has suggested renaming the Moscow street where the U.S. houses its embassy “North American Dead End.” The full address would read: North American Dead End, 1. (The embassy is housed on Bolshoy Devyatinsky Lane, 8.) Politician Mikhail Degtyaryov pitched the plan to Moscow's city hall recently, and the government says it will consider the option.
It's just the recent parry in a fight waged around the world.
Coincidentally, Ankara city officials on Monday began debating whether to rename the street on which the U.S. Embassy stands to “Olive Branch.” It may sound nice, but it's something of a troll — Olive Branch is the name of an ongoing Turkish military operation in Syria against the Syrian Kurdish militia. That effort was in response to a U.S. plan (later scrapped) to create a border security unit on the Turkey-Syria border made up mostly of Kurdish fighters.
Recently, Turkey renamed the street of the United Arab Emirates Embassy after Ottoman commander Fahreddin Pasha, a defender of Medina during World War I.