11 Facts About Leningrad


Leningrad needed a better seaport than the country's main one at the time, Arkhangelsk, which was on the White Sea in the far north and closed to shipping during the winter.

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On 1 December 1934, Sergey Kirov, the popular communist leader of Leningrad, was assassinated, which became the pretext for the Great Purge.

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Siege of Leningrad proved one of the longest, most destructive, and most lethal sieges of a major city in modern history.

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The 1948 general plan for Leningrad featured radial urban development in the north as well as in the south.

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In 1953 Pavlovsky District in Leningrad Oblast was abolished, and parts of its territory, including Pavlovsk, merged with Leningrad.

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Leningrad gave its name to the Leningrad Affair, a notable event in the postwar political struggle in the USSR.

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Leningrad's was the only woman governor in the whole of Russia until her resignation on 22 August 2011.

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Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast, being two different federal subjects, share a number of local departments of federal executive agencies and courts, such as court of arbitration, police, FSB, postal service, drug enforcement administration, penitentiary service, federal registration service, and other federal services.

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Since 1991 the Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments in Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast have been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Leningrad wrote the symphony while based in the city during the siege of Leningrad.

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Leningrad hosted part of the association football tournament during the 1980 Summer Olympics.

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