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Russians honor Stalin's terror victims

One woman mentioned the name of Boris Nemtsov, ex-Deputy Prime Minister and Putin’s foe killed in 2015
20:14, 29 October 2018

Russians honor the memory of the victims of Stalin's terror at the Solovetsky Kamen (Solovki Stone) memorial in Moscow
Radio Liberty

Thousands of people in Moscow honored the memory of people executed during Josef Stalin's Great Terror on October 29. The annual ceremony is called Returning the Names, as Radio Liberty reports.

'The participants, the relatives of the dead, rights activists, and other, read aloud the names, ages, occupations, and dates of executions of some 40,000 Muscovites - merely a part of the estimated 1 million or more Soviet citizens killed by the state in 1937-38,' the message says.

Memorial, a human rights group, helds the ceremony every year since 2006 near what was the headquarter of Soviet KGB; now, it is the main building of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

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'Many who read out names wished 'eternal memory for the murdered innocent,' with some condemning 'the killers' and several people calling for the release of those who they believe are 'political prisoners' of President Vladimir Putin's government,' the news agency reads.

One woman mentioned the name of Boris Nemtsov, ex-Deputy Prime Minister and Putin’s foe who was killed in 2015.

'Boris Nemtsov: physicist, politician, statesman. Shot to death on February 27, 2015, near the Kremlin. The organizers and those who ordered the killing have not been found,' she said.

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