'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).
'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.