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Leonid Bershidsky

How a Russian TV Channel Lost World War II

Is World War II over? Not really, if the latest scandal in Russian media is any indication.

Is World War II over? Not really, if the latest scandal in Russian media is any indication.

On Jan. 27, Russians marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the siege of Leningrad. The 872-day blockade by Axis forces cut off supply lines to the Soviet Union's second city, where hundreds of thousands starved to death. The city held on grimly even as the German army marched to Moscow and then flooded southern Russia. Composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his acclaimed Seventh Symphony in the besieged city, where it was performed in 1942 by musicians living on four ounces of brown bread a day.