The blockade of the city began on September 8. 1941 of the year by German, Italian, Finnish and Spanish invaders. By the time it began, Leningrad did not have sufficient supplies of food, medicine, and basic necessities. Therefore, almost immediately in the city began a massive famine, which was aggravated by the extremely harsh first blockade in winter. There was no electricity, tap water and heat.
After breaking the blockade in 1943, the siege of the city continued for another year. Nevertheless, the Soviet troops were able to begin supplying the residents of Leningrad with everything they need.
During the blockade, hunger and disease killed up to 1,5 million Leningraders, which accounted for 97% of the total death toll. Among the dead was the brother of the current president of the Russian Federation. Vladimir Putin once said that only the Soviet people could survive this. And this is difficult to argue.