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Russia | Government opponents pan new Kremlin-approved monument to victims of political repression

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin on Monday called the unveiling of the first Kremlin-promoted monument to the victims of political repression an important step toward preventing oppression in Russia, but critics accused the government of hypocrisy given the continued lack of political rights.

“We and our successors should remember the tragedy of repressions and the reasons that caused them,” Mr. Putin said during the rainy evening ceremony. The memory serves “as a powerful admonition against their repetition.”


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