National Geographic : 1991 Feb
Cradle of the revolution, Leningrad is still Russia's most politically restive city. Built along the Neva River (above) by Russia's great westernizer, Peter the Great, the city remains a major center of Western influence. Celebrating the city's founding in 1703, actors portray Peter, his empress, and their court (below). Many Leningraders want to restore the city's name to the original St. Petersburg or the more Russian Petrograd, as it was known from 1914 to 1924.