Hardly had deceased Lenin been brought into the Mausoleum, when Saint Petersburg and Moscow rushed to file an application to rename the city in honor of the leader and teacher of the proletariat. They say that Petrograd was ahead of Moscow by one day, and thus, on January 26, the Second All-Union Congress of Soviets ruled to rename Petrograd into Leningrad. The resolution said that “Red Petrograd is the cradle of the proletarian revolution.” The cradle, as they claimed, was to become associated with the name of Lenin forever. “Forever” ended in 1991. Most Leningrad residents wanted to become Saint Petersburg residents again. Sic transit gloria mundi and postmortal.
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