On the eve of Russia's Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Purge, an an all-day commemorative ceremony took place next to Solovetsky Stone in Lubyanka Square. From 1937 to 1938, more than 30 thousand people were murdered in Moscow alone.
The names of those who were shot or sent to Gulag as part of Stalin’s Great Terror were read out by relatives of the dead in the annual ceremony of "Memorial" society from 10am till 10pm.
The Solovetsky Stone is opposite the FSB (ex-KGB) HQ, used by several generations of the Secret Police Chiefs.
News and photos by Eugenie Absalom