22:27 GMT06 August 2020
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    On 27 January, Saint Petersburg, formerly known as Leningrad, celebrates the end of the city's 872-day siege during WWII, which left more civilians dead than bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is delivering a speech prior to a commemorative concert dedicated to the end of the siege of Leningrad.

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    Earlier in the day, the Russian president visited Piskaryovskoe Cemetery, where he laid flowers at the resting place for heroic St. Petersburg residents who succumbed to the Nazi stranglehold on what was the second-largest city in the Soviet Union.

    It's estimated that over 1.5 million people perished in the valiant attempt to thwart Hitler's invading forces. 

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