Monument for Stalin victims inaugruated
MOSCOW - Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a monument to the victims of Stalinist purges on Oct. 30, but Soviet-era dissidents accused him of cynicism at a time when they say authorities are riding roughshod over civil freedoms.
“The Wall of Grief” occupies a space on the edge of Moscow’s busy 10-lane ring road and depicts a mass of faceless victims, many of whom were sent to prison camps or executed on Josef Stalin’s watch after falsely being accused of being “enemies of the people.”
Nearly 700,000 people were executed during the Great Terror of 1937-38, according to conservative official estimates.
“This terrible past must not be erased from our national memory and cannot be justified by anything.”