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Russian leadership backs restoration of Stalingrad name

German prisoners passing through the streets of Stalingrad, today Volgograd, Russia, after they lost the Battle of Stalingrad during the winter of 1942 to 1943, on February 1, 1943Russia’s deputy prime minister called on Saturday for the name Stalingrad to be restored to the city that was the site of a key World War II battle against the Nazis. “I never doubted the need to give back great Stalingrad its name. Not for the sake of Stalin, but for the sake of the Stalingraders,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter. On Friday, President Vladimir Putin responded positively to a request by a Soviet veteran at the D-Day commemorations in France for the city — now called Volgograd — to return to its wartime name.

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