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Vyacheslav Makarov Met the Creators of the Monument ‘To the Fortitude of Leningraders’

On February 21st Vyacheslav Makarov, Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, met Grachya Pogosyan – the founder and the president of the Charitable Foundation that funded the creation and erection of the monument ‘To the Fortitude of Leningraders’ in Siege of Leningrad Survivors’ Square next to Square of Fortitude (Ploshchad Muzhestva), and Yevgeny Rotanov – the sculptor of the monument and Honored Artist of Russia.

The meeting became possible thanks to the letter form Saint-Petersburg’s society “Survivors of the Siege of Leningrad” where they asked to welcome the contribution of the philanthropist and the sculptor to preserve memories of the Siege and to realize the project they had dreamt about for more than 40 years.

The Chairman expressed gratitude to the president of the Charitable Foundation and to the sculptor for their great contribution to eternalize the feat of the people of the besieged Leningrad. “While we have our city, we will remember those who defended and worked in the besieged Leningrad, showed heroism, courage and devotion to the Motherland. This remembrance is our main legacy, the background of the people’s consciousness.”

Vyacheslav Makarov presented the philanthropist and the sculptor with the certificates of honour and commemorative medals from the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg for their great personal contribution to eternalize the feat of the people of the besieged Leningrad in the years of World War II.

“The monument erected in Siege of Leningrad Survivors’ Square will always remind new generations of Petersburgers of their heroic ancestors and teach them true patriotism,” Vyacheslav Makarov said, giving the awards.

After the meeting the guests were given a tour around the Mariinsky Palace where the Legislative Assembly is housed. The head of department of external relations, Nargis Akhadova, took the guests through the ancient halls and told them about the history, the owners and the present days of the Palace.




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