Goodbye Lenin, Hello St. Peter

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin must be turning over in his mausoleum. He was never one for personality cults, but to strip his name from the city that gave birth to the communist revolution is the ultimate repudiation of what he stood for. That is precisely what the residents of Leningrad resolved to do last week. According to preliminary results of a referendum organized by the reformist city council, 55% voted to restore the town's old name of St. Petersburg.

Actually, that should be Sankt-Peterburg, which is the Dutch name Peter the Great gave the city when he founded it in 1703 on...

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