The money that the German government has decided to allocate for the blockers of Leningrad will not be paid individually. This was told by Deutsche Welle in the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany.
It is reported that 12 million euros for the modernization of a veteran hospital and the establishment of a German-Russian center of meetings in St. Petersburg will be taken in the ministry's budget. At the same time, they will not be translated at once, but by parts. In 2019 only 2 million will go to these goals, the rest will be allocated until 2024.
In the first place, it is planned to reconstruct the hospital's rehabilitation department, which will benefit the victims of the blockade, diplomats note. Let's begin to do this already this year. At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that they decided to allocate the voiced amount not simply so: the officials focused on the needs that were discussed during the negotiations with the authorities of St. Petersburg and the administration of the hospital.
The International Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) was entrusted with overseeing the project. It will, in particular, look to ensure that all funds are used for the purpose and are not placed in the hands of corruption officials.
The German Foreign Ministry announced on January 27 that the government would allocate 12 million euros. The decision is timed to a memorable date – 75 years ago on this day Leningrad was completely freed by the Soviet troops from the blockade by the German Wehrmacht.
Earlier, the journalist of the German edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung Silke Bigalke stated that the anniversary of the lifting of the blockade of Leningrad was turned into a triumph in Russia, although this event must be perceived as a large-scale tragedy. In particular, the author is puzzled why St. Petersburg is hosting a military parade. In her opinion, the event resembles "dancing on bones".
The blockade of Leningrad lasted from 8 September 1941 to January 27, 1944 – 872 days.