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PHOTO GALLERY: Russians pay respect to the fallen of the Siege of Leningrad




Honour guard soldiers march in snowfall next to the Motherland monument at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery where most of the Leningrad Siege victims were buried during World War II, during a memorial ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. The Nazi German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, was broken on Jan. 18, 1943 but finally lifted Jan. 27, 1944. More than 1 million people died mainly from starvation during the 900-day siege. AP

A honour guard soldier stands in snowfall as people walk to the Motherland monument to place flowers and wreaths at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery where most of the Leningrad Siege victims were buried during World War II, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. AP

Russian army officers and civilians walk in snowfall to the Motherland monument to place flowers and wreaths at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery where most of the Leningrad Siege victims were buried during World War II, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. AP

Russian army officers and civilians walk in snowfall to the Motherland monument to place flowers and wreaths at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery where most of the Leningrad Siege victims were buried during World War II, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. AP

Russian army officers and civilians walk in snowfall to the Motherland monument to place flowers and wreaths at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery where most of the Leningrad Siege victims were buried during World War II, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying commemoration ceremony at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery where most of the Leningrad Siege victims were buried during World War II, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. AP

An officer shakes snow off of honour guard soldiers in snowfall at the Piskaryovskoye Cemetery where most of the Leningrad Siege victims were buried during World War II, during a memorial ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. AP