Stalin on the Volga.
Changing placenames in the Russian Federation.




Sankt Petersburg became Petrograd in 1914, as a result of the First World War. In 1924 the name again changed into Leningrad as a result of the political developments and Lenin's death in 1924. In 1991 Leningrad became Sankt Petersburg again thanks to the policy of perestrojka and the collapse of the Soviet-Union.
The town of Tsaritsyn was renamed Stalingrad in 1925, but in 1961 the name changed into Volgograd.
These are wellknown examples of changing placenames in Russia. Many people think that it were the Soviets that started to change the names of the old Russian towns and villages after the revolution of 1917. But the changing of placenames in Russia is a process which goes back to the early days of the expanding Russian Empire.
In the dossier 'Stalin on the Volga. Changing placenames in the Russian Federation' INSUDOK, the information- and documentationcenter on the former Soviet-Union and the CIS-countries, presents more than 1300 placenames that have changed in the course of Russian history. The placenames have been arranged according to the Russian alphabet, the dossier is in both Russian and English.
You can order the dossier by remitting U.S. $ 20 on the account of INSUDOK: Postbank Amsterdam, account-number 6560812. Remark: order dossier no.4.
Full title: 'Stalin on the Volga - Changing placenames in the Russian Federation'. ISBN 90-76539-01-4.