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Saint Petersburg, also known as Petrograd from 1914 and Leningrad from 1924, before reverting to its original name in 1991, is a city located in western Russia.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Narodnaya Volya, an organization that was a radical subsection of the Russian Assassins, was active in Saint Petersburg.[1]


Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 by the fourth Romanov Tsar, Peter the Great, who wanted to westernize and reform Russia.[2] He designed to the city to be modeled on the great cities he had seen in Europe during his tours there earlier in life. Peter called his new city his "window on the West", and made it the new capital of the Russian Empire, much to the enmity of the conservative elite who still lived in Moscow. The city was given a more menacing nickname by those who were forced to build it: "the City of Bones". This was appropriate, as work crews died in their thousands from disease, starvation, and cold.[1]

The city was expanded during the 18th and 19th centuries. On March 13th, 1881, Russian Assassins Nikolai Rysakov[3] and Ignacy Hryniewiecki[4] were assigned to assassinate Tsar Alexander II within the city. Although they succeeded, both Assassins were captured and executed swiftly, despite British Assassin Simeon Price's attempt to save Nikolai.[3]

When the 20th century turned, it was renamed Petrograd since Saint Petersburg sounded too German. After the fall of the Russian Empire, it was renamed Leningrad, after Vladimir Lenin. The city would hold this name until the fall of the Soviet Union.[1]

Notably, the Russian Assassin Nikolai Orelov visited the city on at least one occasion, during the Russian Revolution of 1917.[1]

The city underwent numerous name changes throughout the 20th century. It became known as Petrograd during the revolution and later Leningrad in 1924, named after Vladimir Lenin. In 1991, the city name was reverted to Saint Petersburg after the end of Communism in Russia.[2]

In March 2014, while the Russian Assassin Galina Voronina enlisted the aid of — and later joined — the crew of the Altaïr II, the ship was docked in the city port for at least three weeks before setting sail on 26 March.[5]