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Muscovites Remember Victims Of Stalin's Purges

A woman places a candle at a memorial to the victims of Soviet-era political repression.
MOSCOW -- People have been stopping by Lubyanka Square in Moscow to leave flowers, light candles, and speak briefly about the victims of Stalin's purges in the 1930s.

The gathering site for the memorial action is the Solovetsky Stone outside the NKVD secret police headquarters in the 1930s, which was often the last stop for suspects during the purge era before being transferred to labor camps in remote areas or executed.

Rights activists released information ahead of the event to remind people that in 1937 and 1938 some 30,000 residents of Moscow were shot. The action was being held on the eve of the "Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression."

With reporting by Interfax