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BACKGROUND: Why St. Petersburg, Russia?

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Smolny Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia (Photo: Bob Grip) Smolny Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia (Photo: Bob Grip)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

St. Petersburg, Russia has been a terrorist target in the past.

A few months before my wife and I visited there in June, terrorists bombed one of the subway stations in the heart of the city, killing 14 people and wounding 51 others.  In 2009, a homemade bomb derailed a train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg, killing 26 people.

Formerly known as Leningrad, St. Petersburg is filled with beautiful, ornate churches of the Russian Orthodox Church.  There are also terror suspects who have moved there from the primarily Muslim-dominated Caucasus region, north of Iran.

During World War II, Nazi forces surrounded the city, shelling it and cutting off needed supplies for the people who lived there.  As a result, more than a million residents died from starvation or the wounds inflicted by the 150,000 shells fired by German troops and the 100,000 bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe.

Watch the river cruise we took of St. Petersburg by clicking here.

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