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St. Petersburg marks 70 years of Leningrad Siege
St. Petersburg commemorates 70th anniversary of deadly 29-month-long Leningrad Siege
By The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) ' Russia's second-largest city is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of a deadly 29-month-long Nazi siege during the World War II that cut its population by nearly a million people.

Public loudspeakers in St. Petersburg, along with radio and television stations, on Thursday morning broadcast roaring air-raid warnings and sounds of a metronome. The metronome sound was used during the siege to inform residents of air raids and all-clear announcements.

The 872-day-long siege of the city, then known as Leningrad, is one of the darkest moments of Russia's participation in the war. A million city residents are believed to have died of hunger and bombings and while defending the city's outskirts.

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