© The Financial Times Ltd 2016 FT and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Ltd.
A man runs with his dog through the cemetery in Kuropaty on the outskirts of Minsk where more than 100 Belarussians, including 22 writers and poets, were executed by the NKVD secret service, predecessor of the present-day Belarussian KGB secret service, on October 29 1937. The date is now marked as an unofficial day of commemoration for victims of political repression. Between 600,000 and 1.5m people fell victim to Stalin’s repressions in Belarus, according to various estimates.
A member of the secret service is reflected on the side of Air Force One at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on Tuesday. President Barack Obama and Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, left for an appearance at Asbury Park, one of the many Jersey shore communities devastated by super storm Sandy