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St. Petersburg remembering Siege of Leningrad


78 years since the Siege of Leningrad started to last 872 days.


September 8, 1941 is the day the Siege of Leningrad started.

On Sunday morning, hundreds of residents came to the Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery to commemorate those who died of starvation and cold during the Siege of Leningrad in World War 2 and were buried there.

Presidential Plenipotentiary in the North-West Federal District Alexander Gutsan, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, Acting Governor Alexander Beglov, Speaker of the city parliament Vyacheslav Makarov and survivors of the Siege laid wreathes to the Motherland monument at the Piskarevskoe Cemetery.

Yelena Tikhomirova, Chairwoman of St. Petersburg’s association of residents of besieged Leningrad, remembers the Siege as an extremely hard period, not only in the history of World War 2, but in the history of mankind altogether. St. Petersburg was the only besieged city that did not surrender, during the entire history.

It is difficult for the survivors to speak of those 872 days of fighting for life and freedom.

Zoya Dunaeva, Chairwoman of the Moscow district branch of St. Petersburg’s association of residents of besieged Leningrad, says it is a comfort to see so many people, especially young people, coming to mourn those who died during the Siege of Leningrad. ‘It means we are not alone’, she adds.

Nikolay Linchenko, Vice Governor of St. Petersburg, is sure it is important to remember about this tragedy in the history of both St. Petersburg and the country. Every family has its story connected with the war, a story of a grandfather, a grandmother, or a great-grandfather, and it is important to keep these tragic memories.

Nikolay Yelin, Vice Governor of St. Petersburg, believes it is our responsibility to keep the knowledge of the Siege so that our children should understand how terrible the Siege was, and know that war is not about adventure, but about blood, fear and death, that it is something we must not allow to happen again.

Galina Fomina, survivor of the Siege of Leningrad, says the 8th of September is a scared day for everybody who lived in Leningrad, it is the day when those who live now remember those who passed.

As a remembrance ceremony, those who live in St. Petersburg were reading the names of those who died during the Siege of Leningrad, hundreds and thousands of names.