Russia honoured the 70th anniversary to the end of the Siege of Leningrad. Most festivities were in the village of Maryino, where the forces of the Leningrad Front and Volkhov Front broke the encirclement in a full-scale offensive known as Operation Iskra. People lit candles at Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg, where about half a million civilians and soldiers lie buried in 186 mass graves. The Siege of Leningrad, one of the most tragic chapters in the VOV’s history, lasted for 872 days. The lifting of the siege marked one of the major Soviet victories in the war, along with the Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk.
18 January 2013
Voice of Russia World Service