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.
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
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
You can order the dossier by remitting U.S. $ 20 on the account of
INSUDOK: Postbank Amsterdam, account-number 6560812. Remark: order dossier
Full title: 'Stalin on the Volga - Changing placenames in the Russian
Federation'. ISBN 90-76539-01-4.