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70-th Victory Day

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As per tradition, news service of “Sankt-Peterburg” TV station recalls the past year. And it was rich with events. Not only foreign politics shaped the landscape of news coverage in 2015. Life in the Northern Capital was bustling. Tragic and joyous, political and economic – here are 2015’s most important events as seen by the channel’s reporters.

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Mariya Tikhonova, reporter: “A new symbol of heroism of those who defended Leningrad has appeared in St. Petersburg – in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War Victory. The Arch of Victory was unveiled in Krasnoe Selo on May 9. It became the third such monument in the city, but the 1st and only dedicated solely to the heroism of soldiers who fought in that War – the biggest and bloodiest in our history.

This 20-meter-high monument was constructed in record time – only one year from an idea to its fulfillment. Writer Daniil Granin, who authored “The Book of Blockade”, inspired the project.

The best architects and artists worked on the arch. From one side, the monument was decorated with two bronze glory statues, from the other – with swords of victory and a shield bearing a star.

Such arches were built 70 years ago in three boroughs of Leningrad. Victorious parade passed through those. But those installations were made of temporary materials – carton and plaster – and were removed in a couple of years. This capital renovation was truly done by the people – ordinary residents sponsored it. All in all, they donated 49 million rubles for its construction. The biggest contribution amounted to half-a-million rubles, the smallest, yet the most touching one, was 5 rubles – made by a third-grader. Nevertheless, his name joined 14 thousand others was included into the book about the Victory Arch. 

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