A new museum, a panorama of the historic breakthrough during the Leningrad Siege, has opened outside St. Petersburg, in the town of Kirovsk. The military operation known as Iskra (“Spark”) took place during January 12-30, 1943, freeing a land corridor between the besieged city and the rest of Russia. Workers quickly constructed a railroad link to bring in supplies to the city’s starving residents.
The panorama is a sculptural recreation of the Soviet offensive, complete with real weaponry and other artifacts, as well as sound and light effects. The panorama is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Moscow will wrap up its bilingual navigation project this year, after installing some 90,000 signs in Russian and English designed to make the Russian capital a bit less intimidating for tourists.
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