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70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad

Today commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad between 1942-1943. Over 200 days and nights, over 2 million lives were lost as the German advance into Russia was blocked at Stalingrad – now known as Volgograd. As the Russian winter set in, fresh Soviet forces surrounded the German army and forced them into an embarrassing surrender.
It has been announced that, during February, the following visa application centres and consulates will be closed on some days due to national holidays:

From January 23rd 2013 Russian Railways (RZD) has announced the closure of bookings for the Lev Tolstoi train, an overnight train from Moscow to Helsinki.

From January 2013 Russian Railways (RZD) will replace the international tariff for selected trains on the Trans-Siberian route with the domestic tariff.