Luga (Russian: Лу́га; Finnish: Laukaa; Votic: Laugaz) is a town and the administrative center of Luzhsky District of Leningrad Oblast, Russia, located on the Luga River 140 kilometers (87 mi) south of St. Petersburg. Population: 36,409 (2010 Census preliminary results); 40,434 (2002 Census); 41,769 (1989 Census).
The World War II German advance on Leningrad was temporarily halted by seven regular, militia and irregular divisions in the Luga area and this delayed the commencement of the Siege of Leningrad by over a month. In recognition of this feat, the town was awarded the title of "Hero City" and listed as one of the World War II Cities of Military Glory by Vladimir Putin on his last working day as president. German occupation of Luga lasted from 24 August 1941 to 12 February 1944.