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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stalin Victims Cleared

MOSCOW () -- More than 1.2 million people who suffered repressions during Stalin's rule have had their names officially cleared in the past five years, an official said Tuesday.

More than 1 million people have received formal certificates of rehabilitation, and 286,000 people were officially recognized as victims of political repressions, said Konstantin Nikishkin, head of the Interior Ministry's center for rehabilitation of victims of political repressions. The difference was not clear.

They were among a total of 2.6 million people who have requested official documents of rehabilitation, Nikishkin said at a briefing reported by Itar-Tass.

and a large number of the ministry's specialists are working on the cases,