ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 27, 2015 (Xinhua) -- People attend a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Leningrad Blockade at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 27, 2015. Leningrad, known as St. Petersburg today, was sieged by the Nazis in September 1941. The city struggled for nearly 900 days thereafter and lifted the Nazis' blockade on Jan. 27, 1944. The siege had led to the death of more than 600,000 Soviet civilians and servicemen.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 27, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Valentina Matviyenko (1st R), chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Leningrad Blockade at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 27, 2015. Leningrad, known as St.

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