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Two-day festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the lifting of the Leningrad blockade will open here on Monday.
Two-day festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the lifting of the Leningrad blockade will open here on Monday. The arrival of representatives from Russian hero cities with an eternal flame, and their marching down central Nevsky Prospect to Victory Square will become the focal point of the festivities. A laser show will take place in Dvortsovaya Square. The symphony orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiyev will give a concert at the State Hermitage Museum. Governor Valentina Matviyenko has organized a reception, which will bring together war veterans, citizens of Leningrad who survived the blockade including guests arriving from different Russian regions. Security measures will be tightened in the city during the festivities. About 1,000 police will ensure law and order in St.Petersburg, sources from the city police department told Itar-Tass. A reserve detachment has been formed for a case of emergency. A congress of the International Association of Blockade Survivors opens here on Monday. The governor will address the congress of war veterans to congratulate them on the occasion. That will be the thirteenth meeting of those who survived the blockade but don’t live in St.Petersburg any longer. There are some 25,000 blockaders, whose average age is 75. Most of them were children at the time of the hardships, which befell the then Leningrad. Some of them helped to defend the city, others were evacuated. The organization brings together not only Russian nationals, but also citizens of former Soviet republics and the USA.
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