on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Piskaryovskoye memorial cemetery in St. Petersburg, and laid a wreath at the monument “Motherland”. The head of state paid tribute to the fallen in the great Patriotic war in Day of break of blockade of Leningrad.
Putin in the funeral procession along the mass graves were accompanied by the Governor of Petersburg Alexander Beglov, presidential Plenipotentiary envoy to the northwestern Federal district, Alexander Gutan and a few residents of besieged Leningrad and veterans of the defense of the city.
the President laid flowers at the grave of his infant brother who died in the siege. At the monument “Motherland,” Putin corrected on the wreath ribbons in the colors of the national flag.
the President repeatedly recalled that his father, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, was seriously wounded on the “Nevsky patch” on 17 November 1941.
Later today the President will visit the State memorial Museum of defense and blockade of Leningrad and talk with veterans of the great Patriotic war and representatives of Patriotic associations.
At the Piskarevskoye cemetery are buried 420 thousand residents of besieged Leningrad and 70 thousand defenders of the city, Interfax reports.