Russia's Ambassador to Romania Oleg Malginov considers that if Leningrad had been surrendered to the Fascists, the city would no longer have existed today and he advises young people not to forget the cruel events that occurred during the Leningrad Blockade.
"February 18 is a date so important in Russia's history, for the Russian spirit and character. Seventy years ago, the city got the chance to breathe freely and hope for the future, thanks to this event. The residents who remained after the siege were practically born for the second time. Here in Romania there are some people who know what the disaster of the siege felt like. ... If the city had been surrendered to the Fascists, it would no longer have existed today," Ambassador Oleg Malginov said at the event "70 Years since Lifting the Blockade of Leningrad," organized by the Russian Embassy to Romania, with the support of the Deputies' Chamber, along with the Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency and the Russian Lippovans' Community in Romania.
The Russian official said that the exact number of casualties suffered during the Leningrad blockade is still not known, but there are some reports about hundreds of thousands and according to some scientists, the death toll amounted to one million.
"The vast majority of the deaths were the result of starvation. This was the tactics used by the Fascists, to bring people to their knees by starvation. ... The city did not surrender simply because it was not the case from the military point of view, but the Russian character did not allow such a thing and I believe that the ancestors of the Lippovans currently living in Romania know the basic characteristic of the Russians. Such resistance was defeated neither by hunger, nor by the Fascists' bullets, by nothing," said Russia's Ambassador.
The diplomat noted the connection between the Jews in Leningrad and the other residents, as the Holocaust took place in the suburbs included.
Deputy Aurel Vainer, president of the Jewish Community in Romania, said that by their resistance for almost three years, the residents of the city of Leningrad "turned the fate of the world to the right direction, not on the wrong track."
The event also included the testimonies of the blockade survivors and an artistic show.AGERPRES