This is potentially a very short thread - its just a comment on the ever chaging geography of the FSU. And when I mention "geography" I am not refering to the actual physical features of any of the countries involved - I am refering to the political grography of NAMES.
After I met my two Moldovans - I was back in the US before I realized that the city they refered to as "Kishinev" and as the capital of Moldova was actually "Chisinau". I mean, phonetically, they don't even seem very similar. I realize that one is a Moldovan name and one is Russian - but I still see variations all over the place for the spelling.
What prompted me to start this thread though was the name of city in Eastern Ukraine. I had never heard of it (and even fiance.com's map didn't show it) so I looked it up on Google.
Here is the explanation I found on a website.
"Named Luhansk in 1889, it was called Voroshilovgrad from 1935 to 1958 and Luhansk from 1959 to 1969. Renamed Voroshilovgrad in 1970, it was once again renamed Luhansk in 1990."
Actually you find both still used.
I'm guessing that sign painters and map makers in the FSU are kept fairly busy.
Welcome back Ptichka!
I didn't actually realize that you were from Lugansk (though it seems quite a few beautiful women like I am sure that you are, seem to come from that city). Please tell us about the name change.
Quite the contrary.
To flatten a suspected scammer or freeloader the best policy is to flash your fat wallet whenever possible....then tell them you are very sorry, but decided to fall in love with someone else
Yep. You cannot buy train tickets to Ekaterinburg, a major city on the Trans-Siberian line. That's because the railway still calls it Sverdlovsk. And when I met my girlfriend's parents, she saya to them, here is the guy I've been with for the last week. Her dad says, Oh, is that why you didn't come over on the weekend? She says to him, Dad! I told you I was going to Sverdlovsk for a week, remember? Of course we had spent the week together in Ekaterinburg.