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For those who have ever thought that History was dull and at times mind numbing, think again. These poignant images of past and present St Petersburg (formally known as Leningrad) were blended together by Sergei Larenkov. Larenkov had studied the remnants of the old city before returning to the memorable spots for a  taste of what is, and what used to be.

A little background on the situation: The Siege of Leningrad, also known as The Leningrad Blockade was an unsuccessful military operation by the Axis (Nazi) powers to capture Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) during World War II. The siege lasted from September 9, 1941, to January 27, 1944, when a narrow land corridor to the city was established by the Soviets. The total lifting of the siege occurred on January 27, 1944. The Siege of Leningrad was one of the longest and most destructive sieges of major cities in modern history and it was the second most costly. – Wikipedia

St Petersburg // Leningrad

St Petersburg // Leningrad

St Petersburg // Leningrad

“During nine hundred (!) days a few million people in the city of Leningrad suffered from cold and hunger, being deprived of almost all supplies of food and fuel. Many thousands died, those who survived remember this not very willingly. The situation with food was so heavy, no food was sold/distributed among people except a few grams (not even tens or hundred grams) of bread, and not each day, that people had to eat stuff that they would never eat in normal life, like making soups of leather boots (because leather is of animal origin) or boiling the wallpaper because the glue with which they were attached to walls contained a bit of organic stuff. Of course many occasions of cannibalism occurred.” – English Russia

St Petersburg // Leningrad

St Petersburg // Leningrad

Divided by colours but held together by truth, stories like these are never forgotten. For more revisits, go to Leningrad Siege: Now and Then.

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