“The Ancient Capital is Moscow; and the Mother of Russian Cities is Kiev. Petersburg, or Saint Petersburg, or Peter (which is the same thing) belongs properly to the Russian Empire. And Tsargrad, Konstantinograd (or, as people say, Constantinople), belongs by right of inheritance. We will not expatiate further about that.”

— Andrei Bely, Petersburg, “Prologue”

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