One of the most important tasks of the authorities on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Leningrad from the blockade is to assess the sufficiency of measures taken by the state to support the heroic defenders of the city, said Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko at a meeting with residents of veterans – residents of besieged Leningrad. According to her, it is important to find out what additional assistance is required for the blockade survivors, and be sure to provide it.
The meeting was held in preparation for the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade, the Federation Council reported, recalling that the speaker is the chairman of the Organizing Committee for the preparation of commemorative events.
The organizing committee, formed on behalf of the President of Russia, included both representatives of federal and regional ministries and departments, heads of regions, scientists and cultural figures, as well as representatives of veterans’ organizations.
“This is a significant date not only for St. Petersburg, the Leningrad, Pskov and Novgorod regions, this is a nationwide event,” Matvienko said, addressing the board members of the St. Petersburg public organization “Inhabitants of besieged Leningrad”. – It should cover all regions of the country and, most importantly, all the blockade, all the liberators and defenders of the city.
During the conversation, Matvienko asked the veterans what events, in their opinion, would better emphasize the importance of the date. One of the proposals concerned the inclusion in the program of events dedicated to the battle for Leningrad.
The Speaker of the Federation Council listened to the requests of the blockade survivors and answered their questions.
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