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22 June 2024, 15:25

Russia fulfills Belarus' 14 requests to help investigate genocide of civilians during WW2 

An archive photo
An archive photo
MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) – The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has fulfilled 14 legal assistance requests from Belarus to help investigate the genocide of the civilian population during the Great Patriotic War. This helped reveal previously unknown evidence of atrocities committed by the Nazi invaders on the territory of the BSSR, Chairman of Russia's  Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin told RIA Novosti.

Electronic copies of archival materials totaling more than 20,000 pages were transferred to the Belarusian side. For example, this information helped establish more details of Operation Magic Flute, a punitive operation carried out by the Nazis in Minsk in April 1943. Additional facts of inhumane treatment of prisoners of the Trostenets and Stalag No. 352 death camps were also ascertained.

The head of the Russian Investigative Committee noted that investigators also received information about the participation of Czech and Hungarian collaborators in the destruction of settlements and murder of civilians in Gomel Oblast. The documents shed light on Nazi atrocities during brutal punitive operations in Mogilev Oblast, which were accompanied by the shooting of civilians and their abduction into slavery. 
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