List of Stalin terror victims published

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THE Memorial rights group has compiled a database on over 2.6 million victims of Joseph Stalin's purges, to be distributed in schools and public organisations, the group's chief said.

"Our database this far is only 20-25 percent of the total number. This is a result of the work conducted by hundreds of people in many regions throughout nearly 20 years," Arseny Roginsky said as quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The group issued 5000 copies of the database, Mr Roginsky said.

A total of 12.5 million people are estimated to have fallen victim to the purges, which began in 1937 with mass show trials against Communist leaders and Red Army generals.

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