An impersonator of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin walks past a hammer-and-sickle red flag in central Moscow. Photo: AFP

Russian activist group names 40,000 secret police under Stalin, reviving horror of the past

The archive, culled from the records of Stalin’s security forces (the NKVD) for the first time names those who carried out some 700,000 executions from 1935 to 1939 during ‘The Great Terror’

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An impersonator of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin walks past a hammer-and-sickle red flag in central Moscow. Photo: AFP
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