An Exhibition of Photographs by Alexander Novikov, entitled “Blockade of Leningrad – the Grief is Forever”, describing the horrors of the 872-day long siege of Leningrad during World War II, organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on January 23, 2019, literally moved and touched the people of Trivandrum.
The gathering paid glowing homage to the heroic people of the Soviet Union who sacrificed their lives not only for their Motherland but also to the entire humanity.
The exhibition has been organised to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Leningrad from the fascist forces. Fourty photographs displayed at the exhibition truly reflected the painful sequences of the terrible blockade. It consisted of modern photographs of St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) and most memorable places of blockade history. The blockade would remain in our memory as an unparalleled event in world history and one of the most tragic pages of World War II.
Mr. Cherian Philip. Chief Co-ordinator, Nava Kerala Mission (New Kerala Mission), and Political Observer, inaugurated the exhibition.
Opening the exhibition, Mr. Cherian Philip observed: “The 872 days of siege in Leningrad was a nightmare in the history of Soviet people. More than six hundred thousand people died during the blockade. There were no food and electricity. It was the peak of winter, and the life was extremely horrible. Thousands of people moved to other parts of the country. The liberation of Leningrad from the fascist forces was a great achievement of the Soviet Union, which became a turning point in World War II”.
Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum, earlier welcomed the audience.