St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, is a Baltic port on the River Neva and the second largest city in Russia. Named after its founder Tsar Peter the Great it was renamed after Lenin in 1924 before reverting to St. Petersburg in 1991. There are currently no plans to change the name again.
The city is home to several world class cultural facilities, includin the Hermitage art museum, the Mariinsky Theatre whose ballet company of the same name produced Nijinsky, Nureyev, Anna Pavlova and Natalia Makarova.
Continuing the musical theme, the city is also home to the Conservatory, from where Dmitri Neved performed in the orchestra in the 1970s. Touring West Germany Neved returned to Russia with a woman hidden amongst the instruments. Lena Siebert later married Neved amd settled in St. Petersburg and escaped justice for being a member of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group.
During the recording of Toten Herzen’s Malandanti album, Neved left the city to become Susan Bekker’s voice coach. After the fall of communism Neved struggled to adapt to a market economy and lost his job at the Conservatory, effectively frozen out when colleagues came to see him as an odball for dabbling in the occult.
Neved’s musical city has seen the likes of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov pass through its institutions. Shostakovich was born here.
Although Lena Siebert-Neved had a business office in St. Petersburg the city was not associated with witchcraft or Malandanti activity. Writers Pushkin and Gogol have featured supernatural elements in stories set in St. Petersburg, but the closest the city has come to paranormal activity was Rob Wallet’s disappearing act on the doorstep of Neved’s former Conservatory colleague Alexander Nadashvili.