Remains of more than 30 people found in Moscow
The remains of an estimated 34 people were found Wednesday in a downtown Moscow estate while renovation work was being done, said city officials. Investigators are attempting to determine their identities, reports the Star Tribune.
A rusted pistol was also found at the site of the estate once owned by a famous czarist-era noble family, the Sheremetyevs. Some of the remains appeared to have gunshot wounds in the back of their skulls.
Moscow city police spokesman Yevgeny Gildeyev said some of the remains appeared to date back to the 1930s, which was an era where many Russian people were executed by the government run by Josef Stalin.
In 1937-1938, an estimated 1.7 million people were arrested by Stalin's secret police and at least 818,000 were shot. The era in history came to be known as the "Great Terror", reports BBC news.