Russia’s northern capital St. Petersburg is marking 65 years since the breaking of the Nazi blockade. Formerly known as Leningrad, the city lived through 900 days of starvation and horror.
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The President of Russia visited Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery and laid a wreath at the Motherland Monument. The head of state paid tribute to the soldiers who defended Leningrad and to the residents of the city who died during the blockade.
The same day, speaking at a concert on the anniversary of the liberation of the whole city from the Nazi siege, Dmitry Medvedev congratulated residents of St Petersburg and especially veterans on the anniversary of the end of the blockade.
The head of state also held in St Petersburg a meeting of the Victory Russian Organising Committee, at which preparations for the 2010 celebration of the 65th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War were discussed.