January 26, 2017

Today in History: Bolsheviks rename St Petersburg, “Leningrad” (1924)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On January 26, 1924, the Bolshevik government renamed the former St. Petersburg “Leningrad”. 

It was a regrettable symbol of turning away from the open societies (to say nothing of creating a creepy cult of their dead leader now embalmed in pseudo-immortality).

And unfortunately when the name was changed back in 1991 it was not accompanied by a genuine turn toward the West, democracy and liberty.

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commented 2017-01-27 18:22:02 -0500
And here I thought it was Jan. 28 I925.
commented 2017-01-26 22:39:54 -0500
Thanks John, as usual.
commented 2017-01-26 20:58:44 -0500
Bolshie renaming of historic places was just part of commie historic revisionism, the effect George Orwell coined “the memory hole” it involves erasing the nation’s history and replacing historic or regal place names after party leaders – same theme runs through public art – its subversive propaganda. -it really is a genetic trait in all socialist governments, they all do it – we see it in this nation – A commie is a socialit is a Liberal – same degenerate ideology in different piles.