Talk:History of Saint Petersburg
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The article is very heavy on countering the move of wealth from St. Petersburg to other parts of Russia. I don't think it is good to have such a one-sided view on this issue. A truth of communism is that egoism can destroy a society. Egoism in the world results to wars. Spreading of wealth can be beneficial in promoting peace. Furthermore taking wealth from the rich and giving it to others can reduce an element like the big theft that took place in Wall Street in the last decades. On the contrary, the Soviet elite, centered in Moscow were major thieves similar to the Wall street cronies. The collapse of the Soviet economy has a similar cause as the financial collapse of the present global economy, namely that the people in power didn't care for the common people and that they took as much as possible for themselves, thereby causing the collapse of the entire society. This theme is of major importance in the world religions and western political ideologies. Perhaps the best solution is Western European social-democracy with a transparent government, a critical press, promotion of peace and honesty, a bit dull but prosperous society. I request that the article in its present form should be changed.Daanschr (talk) 08:11, 21 February 2009 (UTC)
Germans / Nazis
In three places in this article uses the word "nazi" instead of "german" without a clear reason. World War 2 events tend to have the word "nazi" opposed to the word "russian" or "soviet", when the more appropriate comparable term would in this case be "communist" - one describing the political system rather than the nationality. In my opinion "the germans shelled..." "the germans looted" etc. The word should mean the nationality of the active agent, not the political views of the german government at the time. The word "nazi" can be used when the political view is significant in some way, in these cases not so.
"The Nazis systematically shelled this route, called the Road of Life..." -the german army, the germans, shelled.
"Explosions of land-mines left by the Nazis cause numerous deaths among peaceful citizens..." -Mines were laid by the german army, why not use the word german then? (compared to "Explosions of land-mines left by the Nazis caused numerous deaths among peaceful communists") Also, "peaceful citizen" is hardly a neutral term, why not use the word "civilian" instead of "peaceful citizen". Past tense in the word "cause" wouldn´t hurt either. Opinions? Snackeboo (talk) 01:06, 17 April 2009 (UTC)