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26 September 2020

9:00 AM

26 September 2020

9:00 AM

Ducking Peking

ASoviet-era joke had someone visiting the part of the commu- nist bureaucracy which issued permission to move your place of res- idence. The official barked: ‘place of birth’? ‘St Petersburg’. ‘Current place of residence?’ ‘Leningrad’. ‘Proposed new place of residence’? ‘St Peters- burg’.

Many post-colonial countries have shared with the com- munists an enthusiasm for renaming places.

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