German president visits war cemetery near Saint Petersburg

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German President Christian Wulff visited on Thursday the biggest cemetery for German soldiers who died in Russia during World War Two, local authorities said.

Wulff, who arrived on Monday in Russia for a state visit, visited the Sologubovka cemetery 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Saint Petersburg, where 80,000 German soldiers are buried.

The German president also visited the Piskarevskoye cemetery northeast of Saint Petersburg where the victims of the World War II Nazi blockade of what was then Leningrad are buried.

Nazi troops laid siege to the city for close on 900 days, between September 1941 and January 1944, leaving hundreds of thousands dead.

Wulff met his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev on Tuesday and then headed to Saint Petersburg by train.

© 2010 AFP

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