YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 5. ARMINFO. A ceremony of awarding Medals “300th anniversary of Saint Petersburg” has been held at the Russian Embassy in Armenia today. The medals were awarded to the Armenian citizens that took part in the defense of Leningrad.
Russian Ambassador Anatoly Dryukov stated that among the awardees are the persons that received pone of the following awards: “Citizen of blockaded Leningrad”, “For defense of Leningrad”, and “250th anniversary of Leningrad.” Unfortunately, not all that lived in Leningrad and defended it could confirm this fact by documents. Last year, Saint Petersburg, the symbol of Russia and of progress in Russia, celebrated its 300th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the lifting of its blockade. The two events coincided, and “it is the drama and triumph of the cause many people sacrificed their lives to,” Dryukov said. He stated that a firm faith in the common cause and patriotism displayed by all those living in Leningrad then was a general feeling of the Soviet people. Everyone, both children and old people, took part in defending Leningrad. No city sustained so many human losses as Saint Petersburg. “And the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Saint Petersburg is worthy of the memory of those who worked and fought during the blockade,” Dryukov said.