What a thread at LanguageHat’s! No one in his right mind — a traditionalist would argue — would found a capital city where Peter the Great did. If that marshy spot were such a great place for a town, how come that nobody — neither the Vikings, nor Novgorod or Pskov, nor the Swedes — had tried it before Peter? Nyenskans was just a fortress and wasn’t quite there; Oreshek was farther east, and Old Ladoga stands on the good old Volkhov river. It took a thalassomaniac to build St. Pete, which in its artifice only deserves an artificial name. That’s how Nevograd can be justified.