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Tribute Will Be Paid to Victims of Stalinist Purges in Moscow on Oct 29

MOSCOW. Oct 26 (Interfax) - People executed in Moscow during the Stalinist purges will be remembered on October 29 at the Solovetsky stone in Lubyanka during the Returning Names action organized by the Memorial human rights society.

The event has been held for several years on the eve of October 30 - the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Soviet Political Repression.

"Between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. participants whom anyone can join will be reading out the names of people shot in Moscow on false political charges. In 1937-1938 alone over 30,000 people were executed in Moscow," Memorial board member Yan Rachinsky has told Interfax.

During the traditional action people carry flowers, candles and photos of purge victims to the Solovetsky stone. The event is usually opened by human rights commissioner Vladimir Lukin who reads out the first names from the list of victims.



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