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Rights Group Says Kremlin Resorts To Stalin-Era Repression Tactics

People wait for their turn to lay flowers and place candles at a memorial to the victims of Soviet-era political repression on Lubyanka Square in Moscow.
A prominent Russian human rights group warns that the country’s leaders are using Stalin-era tactics against the opposition.

Memorial issued the warning on October 30 -- the annual Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions.

The day honors victims of government-orchestrated repression in the former Soviet Union.

Memorial's statement said the events of recent weeks show that "Russian authorities intend to rely on the language of repression -- arrests, courts, camps."

The statement comes after two members of Russian punk performance collective Pussy Riot were sent to prison camps earlier this month.

They were convicted on hooliganism charges after performing a song protesting against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's largest Orthodox cathedral.

A number of political opposition leaders are also facing criminal investigations.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax