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City of Military Glory is an honorary title bestowed upon the citizenry of Russian cities, where soldiers had displayed courage and heroism during the Great Patriotic War. The award, which to date has been bestowed upon 30 cities, is similar to the Hero City title awarded during the Soviet-era, and no city has yet received both awards.
During World War II, Arkhangelsk, along with Murmansk, were at the forefront of efforts to keep Allied supply lines open to the Soviet Union what became known as the Arctic Convoys. In all, 42 convoys delivered some 16 million tons of military supplies to Arkhangelsk, with the loss of many ships.
Arkhangelsk was conferred the status of City of Military Glory by the President of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Anatolyevich Medvedev on December 5, 2009, for courage, endurance and mass heroism, exhibited by defenders of the city in the struggle for the freedom and independence of the Motherland. A ceremony was held in the Moscow Kremlin on January 12, 2010 at which the city was represented by the Mayor of Arkhangelsk, Viktor Pavlenko, and World War II veteran Serafim Nesmelov. At the ceremony Dmitry Medvedev noted that Arkhangelsk, which was founded by Ivan the Terrible has always been a forward area of national defence for Russia, and had contributed to the success of Peter the Great in the Great Northern War, and the sailors of the White Sea Flotilla contributed to the defence of the northern borders of the Soviet Union during World War II.