St Petersburg

From Soviet Leningrad to St Petersburg

In 1991 Leningrad changed its name back to St Petersburg despite Communist protests
In 1991 Leningrad changed its name back to St Petersburg after a referendum which split the city. Communists fiercely opposed the change, but the Orthodox Church supported the idea. Ludmilla Narusova, a historian and the wife of the first mayor of St Petersburg, remembers the passionate campaigning that led to the city abandoning its revolutionary legacy as Communism began to collapse. Photo: a demonstrator protesting against the name change, 1991, Leningrad. Credit: Sobchak Foundation.
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Beth Rose

BBC News

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