MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian city of Volgograd will call itself Stalingrad again for a few days this year, to mark the 70th anniversary of the epic World War II battle in that city, after local officials approved the measure on Thursday.

The city legislature said Volgograd would be named “hero-city Stalingrad” on February 2, marking the end of the battle and other milestone dates, over half a century after the city's name was changed in 1961, following the campaign against Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's "cult of personality."

The decision was made “after numerous requests” from World War II veterans, the city government said in a statement.


Volgograd is well worth visiting if just to see Mamayev Kurgan and the adjacent eternal flame Memorial.