Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to the World War II victims at the Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg, hours after landing in Russia, a PTI report said. PM Modi, who is scheduled to have summit-level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin today, drove to the monument, which is home to graves of about five lakh people who lost their lives during the Siege of Leningrad. PM Modi paid floral tribute at the cemetery and also stood in silence for few minutes.
Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery is the largest cemetery of the victims of World War II. About 4,20,000 residents, who died due to bombing, shelling and starvation lie in 186 mass graves which also includes those of 70,000 soldiers – the defenders of Leningrad, which was later renamed as St Petersburg, the report said.
The PM Modi arrived in St. Petersburg, which was earlier the capital of imperial Russia today. The city which was founded by Czar Peter the Great in 1703, was also known as Leningrad and Petrograd.
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Meanwhile, PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are slated to meet today for an annual summit. The highlight of the meeting is expected to be the signing of a pact to build the last two units of the Kundankulam nuclear power plant in India. Both countries are also likely to sign a number of pacts in several sectors, including Railways, science and technology, cultural exchanges and other business areas between private parties, the agency reported.
The nuclear pact between two nations, after it is signed, would be the centrepiece of the summit.
Two units of Kundankulam nuclear power plant will play a key role for the progress of India’s nuclear power generation. Speaking to PTI, Indian officials said that talks are on with Russian officials to work out the language of the deal on a line of credit for building Unit 5 and 6 of the nuclear power plant.