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Russia celebrates lifting of Leningrad siege
Photo: screenshot from the Leningrad Salute group /vk.com
The day when Leningrad (the name of St. Petersburg in the Soviet period) was liberated from the fascist siege is celebrated on Monday, January 27, TASS reports. Memorial events, concerts and big fireworks took place in the city.
An exhibition of military equipment opened in the historic city center on Palace Square. It presented weapons of the modern Russian army and the ones used during Great Patriotic War. City guests tasted buckwheat porridge in the field kitchen.
Reception centers for data on war veterans also opened that day. The descendants of the heroes brought copies of photographs, letters, documents, which would later be placed in the Memory Road museum.
The flowers were laid at building №14 on Nevsky Prospekt. The famous inscription “Citizens, this side of the street is the most dangerous during shelling.” is still present on one of the walls. Residents of the city came to the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, where the victims of the siege are buried. Special events took place at other memorials as well.
An exhibition of military equipment and objects found by search units opened next to the Museum of Defense and the Siege of Leningrad. Book presentations, creative meetings, film screenings and performances also took place nearby.
Young citizens became participants in the memorial action in the courtyard of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg. Vivid historical scenes of the war period were reconstructed there.
Veterans of war and labor, siege survivors, public figures took part in Leningrad Victory concert. Famous Russian performers and bands performed in front of the guests.
The day ended with volleys of fireworks.
The siege of Leningrad, which lasted almost 900 days, claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. The battle for Leningrad went down in history as one of the longest and most bloody battles of the Second World War.