Leningrad siege survivors from U.S., Germany, Ukraine gather in St. Petersburg

About 150 delegates are expected to gather in St. Petersburg for the 24th congress of the International Association of Public Organizations of Survivors of the Leningrad Siege, the city's social policy committee said.

About 150 delegates are expected to gather in St. Petersburg for the 24th congress of the International Association of Public Organizations of Survivors of the Leningrad Siege, the city's social policy committee said.

The congress will last from May 5 to 10 and bring together survivors of the Leningrad siege, including 100 delegates of the Russian regions and guests from Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, the United States, Ukraine and Estonia.

The delegates will also join events to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany.

The International Association will celebrate its 25th birthday in 2015. It was set up to defend the interests of survivors of the Leningrad siege who live in Russia and abroad. It unites about 40,000 survivors of the Leningrad siege from 82 countries and Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, former Soviet republics and other foreign countries.

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