Vladimir Putin speaks at memorial to victim of purges, condemns Soviet-era political repressions

Russian president Vladimir Putin has strongly denounced Soviet-era political repressions.

AP October 30, 2017 21:29:02 IST
Vladimir Putin speaks at memorial to victim of purges, condemns Soviet-era political repressions

Moscow: Russian president Vladimir Putin has strongly denounced Soviet-era political repressions.

Speaking at the opening of a memorial to the victims of purges, Putin said "political repressions have become a tragedy for our people" and dealt a blow to the nation, the consequences of which are still felt.

Putin said "millions of people were declared enemies of the people on absurd charges, executed, mutilated and went through the suffering in prisons and labour camps."

He emphasised that there could be no justification for the repressions, adding that "our duty is not to allow oblivion."

The statement marks the strongest condemnation yet of Soviet-era repressions from Putin, who has taken a cautious line on the nation's Soviet-era history, trying to focus on
its achievements rather than on Communist crimes.

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