Is the city now in Europe? Africa? Asia? the Americas?
Was the former name in a different language? No.
Is the current name that would shock the former rulers the official name of the city, or more like a nickname? No, the name of a particular street in the city.
Did the city formerly belong to a different country, or even a foreign empire? Arguably yes, a different country. But no "foreign empire".
Does 'nach links' refer to turning in a a particular geographical direction, such as west? Yes, geographically to the left.
To rotating in a counterclockwise direction? No
To a shift to the political left, by the past rulers or the present city? No
To changing a word or name, perhaps by going one letter backward in the alphabet? No