Ambassador of South Ossetia to Russia honored the memory of the defenders of besieged Leningrad

Fri, 27/01/2023 - 20:47

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of South Ossetia to Russia Znaur Gassiev took part in a solemn mourning ceremony on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the breaking of the blockade of Leningrad and the 79th anniversary of the complete liberation of the city from the fascist blockade during the Great Patriotic War. This was reported by the press service of the Embassy.

“On behalf of the people of South Ossetia, wreaths were laid at the foot of the Motherland monument at the Piskarevsky Memorial Cemetery and at the memorial granite slab, opened in honor of the natives of Ossetia, the defenders of besieged Leningrad,” the message says.

The laying ceremony was attended by the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko and members of the Russian government.

The event was also attended by South Ossetian cadets of the Mikhailovsky Military Artillery Academy, the General of the Army A.V. Khrulev Military Academy of Logistics, representatives of the Ossetian community of St. Petersburg.

The blockade of Leningrad, which began on September 8, 1941, lasted almost 900 days. During the years of the blockade, according to various sources, from 400 thousand to 1.5 million people died. Over two thousand representatives of Ossetia were fighting in the battles on the Leningrad, Karelian and Volkhov fronts, of which nine people were awarded the high title of Hero of the Soviet Union. The remains of 576 natives of Ossetia, who died defending besieged Leningrad, are buried in the Neva land. In memory of them, on May 7, 2003, a commemorative granite slab was unveiled at the Piskarevsky Memorial Cemetery with the inscription: "To Natives of Ossetia - Defenders of Besieged Leningrad."

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