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    ST. PETERSBURG, January 13th, 2004 (RIA Novosti - North West) - At its Tuesday session, St Petersburg's government approved a plan of festive events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of lifting the Leningrad blockade during the Great Patriotic War.

    "This is a remarkable and memorable date. Today it is necessary to pay specific attention to every person who has survived the blockade so that no one is left without attention," said St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko, addressing the session.

    According to Vice Governor of the northern capital Lyudmila Kostkina, about 300 guests - residents of Leningrad at the time of the blockade and war veterans from eighty cities of Russia and the CIS - will be attending the festivities in St. Petersburg.

    A military and historical conference and the 13th congress of the International Association of Public Organisations of the blockade survivors of the Hero City of Leningrad will take place in Petersburg soon. A memorable plate will be unveiled at the Piskarevskoye Cemetery, concerts will be given in theatres and in concert halls, and the exhibition, "The Hermitage in the War Years," will be opened in the State Hermitage Museum.

    On January 27, flowers will be laid to memorials and gala demonstrations will be arranged. The day will be crowned with festive fireworks.

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