Stalingrad: The fight to restore its heroic name 74 years after its epic battle

408607884_3dd193f347_mIn commemoration of one of the bloodiest battles waged during World War II between German and Russian forces, veterans living in the city of Volgograd have begun campaigning to change the city’s moniker back to Stalingrad. The toponym “Stalingrad” met its demise in 1961 under the former Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev. Now, some 80 years after the legendary battle, Russia’s current leaders have expressed their favor with the onomastic back-step in an effort to celebrate the “Great Patriotic War”.