The Siege of Leningrad, one of the more horrific chapters in World War II, began on 8 September 1941 and lasted 872 days. Anywhere between 400,000 and 1.5 million people are said to have died, mostly due to starvation.
The outbreak of a new type of virus was confirmed earlier this month, and while medics are working on a vaccine against the deadly disease, China and other countries are trying their best to stop it from spreading and quarantining all the patients, affected by it.
St. Petersburg, a Russian city located on the Neva River which flows out to the Baltic Sea, was previously known as Petrograd and then Leningrad. The city has been called St. Petersburg since 1991.
Sputnik's weekly photo gallery presents a collection of photos of the most significant and eye-catching events that happened all over the world over the past seven days.
Inspired by the desire to improve life on Earth and to settle on Mars in future, the team of Interstellar Lab has combined architecture, engineering, product design and science to create closed-loop villages with regenerative life support technologies.
North Korea probably evokes quite negative imagery in everyone's mind due to extensive news coverage of its tensions with the United States and other countries. However, there is a fun side to the hermit state, too!
It seems that time here has stopped forever. These places have been left to return to the past, like old photos from shabby home albums, evoking sad nostalgic memories.
Feisty, provocative, colourful, out-of-the-box - all these adjectives can apply to Berlin Fashion Week that was held from Monday to Friday in the German capital.
Sputnik's weekly photo gallery displays a compilation of pictures that present the most meaningful and eye-catching events that occurred across the globe over the past seven days.
The Community of Russian Diplomats' Wives was created about two years ago in Russia and today it includes about 250 wives of Russian diplomats in some 60 countries.
The nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards have been announced, with many experts noting that this year does not offer much diversity in the main categories.
How do women react when they hear that they have been crowned as winners in a beauty contest? Check out Sputnik's gallery to see the moments of immense joy on the beauties' faces.
Despite very few colours winter usually has to offer, landscapes surrounding us can be really fascinating.
It's been just slightly more than a week since the third decade of this millennium kicked off, but even in this short period of time a whole lot of events have occurred, albeit many of them quite tragic.
According to Chinese astrology, the Rat years are known as years of transformation. Many people might face some important changes, both in their personal lives and in their careers.
There used to be a time when not every family had a landline phone and only two or three TV channels were available. So children played outdoors day and night.
How did people spend the New Year holidays in the USSR? Without computers or the Internet, people walked and enjoyed the fabled snowy weather of the former Soviet Union. Have a look at some nostalgic photos from that time.
Of all the cartoon characters ever created by Disney, Mickey Mouse and his friend Minnie are undoubtedly the most recognisable, if not the most iconic of all time. Several generations of kids have grown up watching the adventures of the good-natured mouse couple, while even today children continue to enjoy their gimmicks.
People all over the world said farewell to the past decade with music, drinks, festivals, New Year's Eve spectacles, and religious rituals.
If you want to experience a real Siberian winter there is nothing better than a walk on the banks of the great Yenisei River, of course, only if you are warmly dressed.