About 300 Scandinavian women staged an unprecedented parade in the Soviet city of Leningrad on July 18.
LENINGRAD, JULY 18, 1982
GV PAN Leningrad city.
GV & SV Peace marches carrying huge poster of Brezhnev marching through streets carrying banners. (5 SHOTS)
GV PAN Demonstrators waving balloons and marching.
GV Piskaryov Memorial cemetery, CU flames commemorating those that died in Leningrad. (2 SHOTS)
GV Marchers move into cemetery and hold one minute silent tribute. (4 SHOTS)
MOSCOW, JULY 21, 1982
SV/GV Peace marchers disembarking from train. (3 SHOTS)
GV Peace marchers moving through town, with banners, one saying in English: "Our peace in your hands". (6 SHOTS)
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Background: About 300 Scandinavian women staged an unprecedented parade in the Soviet city of Leningrad on July 18. Escorted by members of the Soviet Peace Committee, the members of 'Peace March 1982' visited the Piskaryov Memorial cemetery. Some 640,000 residents of Leningrad who died in the German siege of the city from 1941 to 1944 are buried there. After a one-minute silent tribute to the war victims, the marchers heard a series of speeches about peace. There was a plea for a ban on the production of weapons of all descriptions and a nuclear-free zone throughout Europe. The speakers also reiterated their determination as North European citizens to work towards co-operation between nations. Their arrival by train in Leningrad in the previous day caused surprise among the local population. They had not been warned of the event by the Soviet authorities even though the tour was carefully orchestrated months in advance. One of the conditions imposed by the host Soviet Peace Committee was that the banners which the marchers were to carry should be agreed in advance. The women's itinerary includes six Soviet cities. They marched in the capital, Moscow, on July 21.