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Revolutionary Cruiser Aurora Returns to Saint Petersburg (Video)

The famous Russian ship has been towed to the place of her eternal docking in a unique logistical operation

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According to a Soviet joke, the worst nightmare of the venerable Secretary General of the Communist Party, Leonid Brezhnev, was seeing the cruiser Aurora enter the Moscow-river and turn its cannons towards the Kremlin.

The Aurora is above all a symbol of the Russian Revolution. Her salvo gave the signal for the storming of the Winter Palace on the night of 7-8 November, 1917 bringing the Bolsheviks to power in a coup that changed world history.

<figcaption>The famous Aurora salvo that launched the October Revolution in 1917</figcaption>
The famous Aurora salvo that launched the October Revolution in 1917

But the Aurora is more than that. The battleship is the oldest surviving ship of the Russian Navy. It fought during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, and in WW I. During the Great Patriotic War, her canons were used to defend Leningrad.  

Subsequently the Aurora was turned into a museum and docked “for eternity” at the Petrograd embankment on the Neva, where she gets regular maintenance. It was after one of these that the ship was recently towed back in a logistical operation no less spectacular and unique than preserving a 112 year old battleship.


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