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The Saint Petersburg and St. Petersburg people's name
« on: January 19, 2009, 11:34:58 PM »
Saint Petersburg name came to us through history.

Many local people call St. Petersburg  "Leningrad." They lived there during the Soviet time and got used to it.  Almost all people from the center of Russia call St. Petersburg  "Leningrad" sometimes as a historical name.
But, what is sad to me,  some of the new younger generation call St. Petersburg "Piter."
People from Moscow often call it "Piter" too.
And people from St. Petersburg are called Peterburgtsy but the usually they are called Pitertsy.


How would you prefer to call the city and people?

« Last Edit: January 27, 2009, 10:42:43 PM by Mariria »


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Re: The Saint Petersburg and St. Petersburg people's name
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010, 11:18:26 PM »
I like the name Petersburg and Piter the most. My wifes grandmother was born there and her father died during the siege. They always refer to the city as Peterbur...
Also its my understanding that Lenin only briefly stayed in the city, also he moved that capital away so why show him respect by naming the city Petr Veliki himself found and envisioned.     

I  wonder what is the correct english name for the citizens of St. Petersburg?

Also I somewhere heard the name "Petropolis", is this common? Sounds pretty cool to me.

« Last Edit: February 10, 2010, 11:42:21 PM by laurentius »


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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2010, 05:48:29 AM »
I never heard of Petropolis, it sounds like a name of a cafe or club.
Maybe if you write some stories about St. Petersburg with this name others will use it :)
The normal way to call a person from St. Petersburg is
Peterburgets for a man or for a woman Peterburgenka.


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Petersburg people's name in different time
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2010, 05:29:42 AM »
Hi Laurentius and Sennaya,
Do you know how to call people that lived in the 900 days of the blockade in Leningrad?
They are - Blokadniki and they are Leningradtsy because they lived in Leningrad.
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