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St. Petersburg streets to be decorated with portraits of war participants and Siege of Leningrad survivors

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St. Petersburg streets to be decorated with portraits of war participants and Siege of Leningrad survivors

The action will start ahead of the Victory Day.

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St. Petersburg streets will be decorated with photos of war participants and Siege of Leningrad survivors for the Victory Day. The action for the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War is organized by the All-Russia People’s Front.

One of the heroes to be portrayed is Nikolay Zakharov who served in the artillery defending Leningrad during the war. He was wounded several times and was awarded the medal ‘For Victory over Germany’.

Nikolay Zakharov tells about an episode during the war: ‘When the regiment was moving, we got under fire and did not expect to stay alive. A lot of people was killed and wounded.’  

Alexandra Leschuk also defended the besieged Leningrad. She was building fortifications and pillboxes. After the siege was lifted, she took part in demining Pulkovo Heights near the city. 

Alexandra Leschuk tells how they learned about the victory: ‘We lived in a dugout. The officer on duty woke us up saying, ‘Girls, war over! Victory!’ And we went to Leningrad on foot, and saw how happy everybody was about the news.’

Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel

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