World War I monument put up in St. Petersburg

A monument to Russian soldiers who fought in World War I has been unveiled in St. Petersburg, the city administration said.

A monument to Russian soldiers who fought in World War I has been unveiled in St. Petersburg, the city administration said.

The Russian Guard of the Great War monument marks the centenary of the start of World War I.

The bronze memorial consists of a cross with a bas relief showing soldiers on a train leaving for the front.

It stands near Vitebsk Station, the rail terminal from where troop trains were setting off for the battlefields, the administration said in a statement.

The authors of the monument are sculptors Mikhail Pereyaslavets, who are members of the Grekov Military Artists Studio, and architect Anton Korolyov.

"World War I not only redrew geographical maps but also affected the future of many nations. It brought sorrow to millions of people all over the world. In unveiling this monument, we restore historical justice and pay homage to the Russian soldiers and officers who did not spare their life in defending their country. It is a very important monument for the rising generation. We must ensure that the past is maintained in public memory, and we must honor the traditions and great accomplishments of our ancestors," St. Petersburg Acting Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said at the unveiling ceremony.

After the ceremony, the bishop of Peterhof, Markel, led a memorial service for those killed in World War I.

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