Russian Airlines ordered to call St. Petersburg Leningrad

Vladimir Poteshkin, deputy head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, asked the heads of airlines to inform passengers about their arrival in the hero city of Leningrad in an announcement after arriving in St. Petersburg. This was first reported by Telegram channel “aviatorschina”. The St. Petersburg edition of Moika 78 sent inquiries to the airlines and clarified that so far no official information has been received about this.

The press service of Rossiya Airlines reported that now, when landing in Pulkovo, pilots say “St. Petersburg is the hero city of Leningrad.” The carrier’s press service did not comment on information about the alleged mailing from the Federal Air Transport Agency. Readers of the publication noted that on Aeroflot flights they announce the landing at Pulkovo airport, calling St. Petersburg one of the nine Russian hero cities.

At the same time, on the façade of Pulkovo Airport there are both the inscriptions “Pulkovo Airport St. Petersburg” and “Hero City Leningrad”.

In a referendum in 1991, 54% of Leningraders voted in favor of returning the historical name of Saint Petersburg to the city. On September 6, 1991, by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, it was returned, and on April 21, 1992 it was included in the Constitution of the RSFSR.

St. Petersburg is not the first city where the authorities, against the background of the war in Ukraine and the declared conflict with the West, are trying in one form or another to return the Soviet name. In November, the Volgograd City Council decided to change road signs at the entrance to the city from “Volgograd” to “Stalingrad” in nine days. This was explained by the need to return the “native, heroic name” to the city.

In particular, such signs are celebrated on February 2 (Victory Day in the Battle of Stalingrad), February 23 (Defender of the Fatherland Day), May 8 (the day Volgograd was awarded the title Hero City), May 9 (Victory Day) Will be hung on. ), June 22 (the beginning of the Great Patriotic War), August 23 (Day of memory of the victims of the massive Stalingrad), September 2 (the day World War II ended), December 9 (Heroes of the Fatherland Day) and 19 November (the day the Nazi troops began their defeat near Stalingrad).

After that, the region’s authorities created a public council to study the opinion of the region’s residents on the return of the former name to the regional center. Governor’s initiative Andrey Bocharov This caused concern among the city’s residents that the city would revert to its former name associated with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. But Bocharov assured that he would not do this without the opinion of the residents.

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