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Russia Marks 70th Anniversary Of Lifting Of Siege Of Leningrad

Survivor Recalls Siege Of Leningradi
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January 27, 2014
As Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad, Yelena Ryzhova, who was a teen when the siege began in 1941, shares her memories about the hardship endured by her family during the blockade. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

As Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad, Yelena Ryzhova, who was a teen when the siege began in 1941, shares her memories about the hardship endured by her family during the blockade. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the 872-day siege of Leningrad during World War II.

Putin laid flowers at the Piskaryovskoye cemetery in his native St. Petersburg on January 27, commemorating the more than 1 million people who died from famine and bombardments during the siege.

He also laid flowers at the Nevsky Pyatachok war memorial, at the site where his father was seriously wounded defending the city.

Putin, accompanied by hundreds of remaining survivors of the siege, also observed a military parade.

The siege of Leningrad was a prolonged military operation against the city undertaken by Nazi Germany that lasted from September 8, 1941, to January 27, 1944.

It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history. 

PHOTO GALLERY: The Siege Of Leningrad
  • Leningrad's Pulkovo Observatory is seen in ruins in January 1944, near the end of the siege that lasted for two years and five months.
  • A truck travels over frozen Lake Ladoga on a route known as "the Road of Life." During the winter months of the siege, the frozen lake allowed food, ammunition, and fuel to move into the city, and allowed children, the elderly, and the wounded to be evacuated.
  • Soviet machine-gunners fire at enemy troops by a palace in Pavlovsk, near Leningrad. In January 1944, Soviet troops pushed the German army away from the city limits, allowing the siege to end.
  • Infantrymen push forward in January 1944.
  • Shipments arrive along the frozen "Road of Life."
  • A resident of Leningrad waits in the final days before the siege is lifted.
  • Part of the Hermitage Museum lies in ruins.
  • Only a shell of the Peterhof Palace is left standing by the end of the siege.


Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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