69 years since the lifting of Leningrad’s blockade

admin | 31 January 2013

Photo: RIA Novosti

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has congratulated Russians with 69 years since the lifting of the Nazi blockade of the Russian city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during WWII.

The blockade lasted 900 days – from September 8, 1941 till January 27, 1944. Within this time, Nazis threw 15,000 bombs on Leningrad.

Despite bombings, hunger and cold, Leningrad’s residents did not surrender. The Red Army’s operation to liberate Leningrad was one of the most heroic actions in the entire history.

On Sunday, Patriarch Kirill performed a service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow in memory of the victims of Leningrad’s blockade.

Source: Voice of Russia

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