In Soviet Union times it was called Leningrad (City of Lenin). During World War II, Leningrad was surrounded and besieged by the German army Wehrmacht from September 8, 1941 to January 27, 1944, a total of 29 months. By Hitler's order the Wehrmacht constantly shelled and bombed the city and systematically isolated it from any supplies, causing death of more than 1 million civilians in 3 years; 1942 alone saw 650,000 people die.
So the Victory day in Saint-Petersburg is even more esteemed than in other Russian cities. So I went there to see a Victory Day parade and thanks to my friend who is a photographer I was able to get a permit for shooting. I could take pictures of a very few people who so the War with they're own eyes. In a few years there will not left such people.
I hope you will get at least some part of the feeling of that day.
We started taking pictures at the place where parade was formed befor the start of procession. People were gathering and we could see somewar comrades who have an opporunity to see each other maybe only once a year. It was very moving.
It was a long and difficult process of files formation. The weather was pretty gloomy and it was raining occasionally, but it was a good thing in a way, because it's a holiday with tears.
Many veterans were not able to walt and were placed in military trucks, but most of them were marching with straight backs. These people are really strong.
Formed in files parade went through Nevsky avenue, main street of big city. Lot's of people gathered to see the heroes. At each intersection people were applauding and loudly greeting veterans. Kids were braking through safety cordons and bringing flowers to old men marching along.