A new museum on the history of Soviet gulag forced-labor camp system has opened in central Moscow.
The state-run museum includes documents signed by Stalin sending thousands to labor camps.
The four-story exhibition also allows visitors to watch nearly 100 newly recorded interviews with descendants of victims.
"In the U.S.S.R., the terror was denied for a long time even at a family level, forgetting was the only way to survive," said Lyudmila Sadovnikova, who created the audiovisual displays. "We cannot deny history or cover up how it really was."
October 30 marks in Russia the Day of Commemoration of Political Prisoners, used to honor the memory of thousands of men and women executed by Soviet authorities during Josef Stalin's "Great Terror" in 1937-38.
Based on reporting by AFP and TASS