Russia: Putin commemorates Siege of Leningrad victims on 76th anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited St. Petersburg's Rubezhniy Kamen memorial cemetery on Saturday, to honour the memory of those who lost their lives during the Siege of Leningrad, on the 76th anniversary of the end of the blockade. Putin afterwards visited the ‘Mother Motherland’ monument at Piskaryovskoye Cemetery, where he laid a wreath at the monument, as well as flowers after the... Еще ceremony at a mass grave, where his elder brother is buried. Putin also talked with local residents who had gathered at the monument. Starting on September 8, 1941, the Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days and is estimated to have claimed the lives of around one million civilians, many of them victims of hunger and cold. The siege was lifted in full on January 27, 1944.
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