Skip to comments.Communist Leader Wants Cities Renamed Stalingrad and Leningrad
Posted on 06/09/2014 11:02:46 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Russia's Communist leader has voiced support for a referendum to rename the city of Volgograd as Stalingrad, and has suggested that St. Petersburg readopt its Soviet-era name of Leningrad.
"Only two cities have been subjected to name changes after the Great Patriotic war Leningrad and Stalingrad" Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov told Russian News Service.
"They were not awarded the title of "Hero City for nothing, the whole world knows them as Leningrad and Stalingrad" Zyuganov said, adding the people of St. Petersburg had to be called upon to back the name change.
During D-Day commemorations in Normandy last week, President Vladimir Putin suggested that residents of the city once dubbed after Soviet dictator Josef Stalin could vote to change its current name Volgograd back to Stalingrad.
A number of Russian politicians and the Orthodox Church have voiced support for the proposal.
Berkeley, Ca. would probably accept this change.
My first thought was that Pelosi or Feinstein wanted to change the names of San Francisco and Los Angeles...
I don’t see St. Petersburg ever changing. The Imperial Russian History thing is too big of a tourist draw.
I could see Volgograd, however, voting to change to Stalingrad for the very same reason.
The Orthodox Church supports the name change back to Stalingrad. Interesting that the Church would want to bring back the name celebrating the man who would rule over an atheist state. That would keep the Church from fulfilling its holy mission.
And by interesting, I mean I’m surprised the church hierarchy is happy to announce just whose pocket said hierarchy is in.
Not the church members, necessarily, but the hierarchy.
People have remarkably short memories.
They’re more likely to be renamed Putingrad.
The Russian’s can rename them mud as far as I care.
I checked the site as I often do when things seem too stupid to be believed, but if the site is a satire site, they keep it well hidden.
Loved the comment - “Stop with the bourgeois lies, Stalin was not a “dictator”, he was the elected leader of the of the USSR.”
Stalingrad should be renamed—Not for the Communist dictator but for the men and women who died their in WW II. For the historic turning point battle fought there. St. Petersburg should be St. Petersburg because of its roots to the Czars and history of Russia—the people who live their always called it that anyway.
True Believers are nuts.
I thought me meant Seattle and Oakland. Or better yet, Detroit, where a name change to Leningrad would highlight the remarkable successes of socialism.
Perhaps a city name issue, although with different ideologies and cults, between Dearbornistan and Dearborn.
Part of me is thinking, at least they are still acknowledging their history, while in this country, we’re running away for ours as fast as we can. They barely even talk about WWII anymore in our schools.
They’re bought and paid for and might as well be considered Putinistas first and churchmen second.
Yes, some, not mentioning any names, often look at the bright side of pan-Russian chauvinism.
It was a desperate Stalin who rehabilitated the Orthodox Church after the Nazis invaded, & freed from the Gulag what Orthodox clergy were still alive, to inspire the Russian people to fight for the Motherland & not just Stalin & communism.
The Soviet regime reverted to type after victory was achieved. Nikita Khrushchev destroyed even more churches than Stalin, mostly in the villages whih the latter had overlooked.
And before they consider renaming it Stalingrad, perhaps those people need to be reminded about what Stalin ultimately did to the wartime leaders of Leningrad, who heroically defended their city.
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