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- CSTO PA representatives honoured the victims of the Siege of Leningrad at the Piskaryovsky Memorial
Representatives of the CSTO PA laid flowers and wreaths at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg in honour of the victims of the Siege of Leningrad.
81 years ago, on September 8, 1941 the enemy siege enclosed the city, starting the siege countdown.
On September 8 at noon, a minute of silence was declared using St Petersburg public address system throughout the Northern Capital in memory of the defenders of the city and residents of besieged Leningrad who died during the siege.
Wreaths and flowers were laid today at the Piskarevsky Memorial; the memorial plaque at Nevsky Prospect 14 bearing the inscription “Citizens! During shelling this side of the street is the most dangerous,” at the Serafimovskoye, Smolenskoye and Volkov memorial cemeteries and in the Moscow Victory Park, at all memorials standing over the soldiers – defenders of Leningrad and residents who died during the siege. There are at least 850 thousand names that we know of.
Leningrad had great strategic importance during the Great Patriotic War. As Marshal Georgy Zhukov, who commanded the Leningrad Front in the most difficult time for Leningrad, wrote, if the city was captured by the enemy and the German and Finnish troops joined here, a new front would have to be created to defend Moscow from the north.
On the eve of the war Leningrad was the country’s largest industrial centre. Despite the direst conditions and forced evacuation of industrial plants, in the second half of 1941 Leningrad supplied 713 tanks, 58 armoured trains, 480 armoured vehicles, over 3 thousand artillery pieces and over 10,300 mortars.
From January to June 1942, amid the most severe food, water and energy shortages, 22 Leningrad factories produced 14 tanks, 46 guns, 280 mortars, 275 machine guns and 5,314 automatic rifles. As well as mines, shells, grenades...
We bow our heads in memory of all those who lived, fought and worked in the besieged city and gave their lives for their Motherland.