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Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg as part of commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II Nazi siege of Leningrad on January 27, 2019. Tanks and air defence missile systems rolled through the heart of Saint Petersburg on January 27 as the city formerly known as Leningrad marked the 75th anniversary of the end of a World War II siege that claimed more than 800,000 lives. Vladimir Putin’s older brother died in childhood during the devastating siege and is buried in a mass grave at Piskaryovskoe cemetery. The Russian leader’s mother nearly succumbed to hunger, while his father fought in the war and was wounded near Leningrad. Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / Sputnik / AFP

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