Stalin

Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin (L) and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on February 23, 2015. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on February 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday.

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Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on Monday. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia, honours the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday

A man runs with a dog at a mass grave in Kuropaty on the outskirts of Minsk...A man runs with a dog at a mass grave in Kuropaty on the outskirts of Minsk, October 26, 2013. 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, overnight on October 29, 1937. October 29 is marked as an unofficial day of commemoration for victims of political repression. Between 600,000 and 1.5 million people fell victim to Stalin's repressions in Belarus, according to various estimates. Picture taken October 26, 2013.

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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.