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The title of the city head was changed from "mayor" to "governor". His second term expired in ; the long-awaited restoration of broken subway connection was expected to finish by that time.But in Yakovlev suddenly resigned, leaving the governor's office to Valentina Matviyenko.Residential building had intensified again; real-estate prices inflated greatly, which caused many new problems for the preservation of the historical part of the city.Although the central part of the city has a UNESCO designation there are about 8, architectural monuments in Petersburg , the preservation of its historical and architectural environment became controversial.On January 26, , five days after Lenin's death, Petrograd was renamed Leningrad.

In the settlements Levashovo , Pargolovo and Pesochny merged with Leningrad.In the same year, the new location for the project was relocated to Lakhta , a historical area northwest of the center city, and the new project would be named Lakhta Center.Construction was approved by Gazprom and the city administration and commenced in The Lakhta Center would be the first tallest skyscraper in Russia and Europe that is outside of Moscow.Standard "Home-Ship" s—s The law on election of the City Governor was changed, breaking the tradition of democratic election by a universal suffrage.In the city legislature re-approved Matviyenko as governor.

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