Peter is an approach to Russia, a nation at once so old and so young, established as it now exists only twenty-five years ago, in 1991, out of the dismembered Soviet Union, the great USSR. Peter, or Piter, as the city’s residents familiarly call Saint Petersburg, Petrograd, or Leningrad—its changing names—has always been and remains an important city in the development of political and intellectual events in Russia.
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