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World War II commemorations: the story of the Coventry tablecloth and Stalingrad

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British Consul General in St Petersburg Keith Allan recently visited Volgograd with Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow, Martin Harris. In this blog, Keith talks about the special relationship between Coventry and Volgograd, which began during World War II when Volgograd was known as Stalingrad, and the importance of this shared history between the UK and Russia, as the latter prepares to commemorate ‘Victory Day’ on 9 May.