Patrushev laid flowers to the memorial at Piskarevsky cemetery in St. Petersburg

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in photobackpack victims of the Leningrad blockade at the Piskaryovskoye memorial cemetery on the day of the 71st anniversary of lifting the siege of Leningrad. Archive photoPatrushev laid flowers to the memorial at Piskarevsky cemetery in St. Petersburg© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

The Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev on Sunday took part in memorial events in St. Petersburg dedicated to the liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi blockade, the press service of the office of security Council of the Russian Federation.

«Patrushev laid a wreath and flowers at the memorial at Piskarevsky cemetery commemorates the victims of Leningrad during the great Patriotic war», — stated in the message.

As noted, Patrushev also laid flowers to the monument to the sailors of the Arctic convoys and visited the College of the State University of sea and river fleet named after Admiral Makarov.

It is reported that this University creates a Museum of the history of the Arctic convoys. In the middle of 2019 is scheduled to open the first phase of the Museum, which exhibits, including multimedia, will cover an area of about 600 square meters. Part of the exhibits submitted by relatives of participants of the heroic operations, is already in College.

The siege of Leningrad started on 8 September 1941 and lasted nearly 900 days. The only way — «Road of life», which was delivered to the city food was laid on the ice of lake Ladoga. The blockade was broken January 18, 1943, however, until its full withdrawal — January 27, 1944 — Leningrad had to wait another whole year. During the years of blockade were killed, according to various data, from 400 thousand to 1.5 million people. So, at the Nuremberg trials featured the number 632 thousand people. Only 3% of them died from the bombing and shelling, the rest died of hunger.