On January 27 Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad (today’s St.Petersburg), which lasted for 872 days and cost more than 1 million lives of the residents of the besieged city, having to overcome hunger, cold and bombings, and 1 more million soldiers and officers of the Soviet Army’ Leningradsky Front, killed confronting the Nazis in the outskirts of the city. The siege of Leningrad started on September 8, 1941, and the city was completely liberated two and a half years later, on January 27, 1944. The siege of Leningrad is an example of unprecedented courage and staunchness of both the army and civilians. It is not only one of the most tragic pages in the history of WWII, but also one that has affected the entire world.
Today we are publishing a series of piercing photos taken in blockaded Leningrad in 1941-1944.