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WWII soldiers from the former Soviet Union are buried

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Nikolay Makarov, a member of an excavation team searching for the remains of Soviet soldiers killed during WWII, holds a medal at the village of Sinyavino, 31 miles east of St.Petersburg, Russia.

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Nikolay Makarov holds a medal from WWII For the Defense of Leningrad at the village of Sinyavino.

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Coffins are prepared before a funeral ceremony at a cemetery in Sinyavino on May 6, for the remains of over 500 Soviet soldiers killed during World War II.

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Members of search teams which found remains of Soviet soldiers killed during World War II, carry coffins during a funeral ceremony at the village of Sinyavino, Friday, May 6, 2011. The remains of over 500 soldiers killed in heavy battles during World War II near Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in 1942-1944, were buried during a ceremony in Sinyavino.

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Antonina Melnikova, 78, holds a portrait and personal items belonging to her father, Grigory Melnikov, whose remains were reburied during a funeral ceremony at Sinyavino.

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Gravestones at the WWII soldier's cemetery in the village of Sinyavino.

According to the site ww2museums.com, the Red Army lost about 360,000 soldiers and officers here. Ten thousands of Russians are buried in countless mass graves and thousands more are scattered across the area in unknown locations.