RUSSIA: Leningrad

One of the first victims of the curious cult that sprang up after the recent death of Nikolai Lenin was the name of the former capital of Russia. The city built 200-odd years ago by Peter the Great on the banks of the Neva flourished under the name of St. Petersburg. But the War taught us that St. Petersburg was a naughty German way of saying what the Russians, who were then our brave and gallant Allies, called Petrograd. So Petrograd it became. Maps were being changed so much that cartographers did...

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