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"I'll take the first train to St. Petersburg,

there's nowhere else I'd rather be."
Havalina Rail Co., "Red and Blue (in St. Petersburg)"

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Formerly Leningrad. Before that, Petrograd. Before that, St. Petersburg. Before that, Nyenskans.

The second city of Russia, Sankt Peterburg was actually the capital of the country until shortly after Red October. Both revolutions centred around here.

Contains quite a few palaces.

St. Petersburg in fiction

  • Seen it a million times in Soviet/Russian cinema. Its representations in Russian fiction can be divided into several categories:
  • Bond drives a tank through the place in Goldeneye.
  • Anastasia
    • Which mostly gets it completely wrong; for example, both the exterior and interior of the Winter Palace bear almost no resemblance to the real thing.
  • A Dangerous Climate, one of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain novels
  • Shadow Hearts 2
  • Most of the action in Face of the Dark Palmira, Vladimir Vasilyev's contribution to Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch series, takes place in St. Petersburg. The city in the novel is so Dark that even the Dark-sided protagonists from other cities feel uneasy about going there.
  • A recurring and somewhat major location in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.

Note that several other major cities (and probably many smaller ones) have reverted to their pre-revolutionary names. Gorkij became Nizjnyj ("Lower") Novgorod and Sverdlovsk became Ekaterinburg. Volgograd, however, has not become Tsaritsyn again, and some people want to go back to Stalingrad. The only major city to retain its communist name is Kaliningrad, in the exclave of the same name. This is because the area was actually part of Germany (Königsburg) before the war, and hasn't had a Slavic name since about 800 at the latest. There is real debate about changing it back nevertheless, and it is often called "Kyonig" informally. See Please Select New City Name for particulars.