MINSK, 14 December (BelTA) - New digitized archival data, including captured documents of the Wehrmacht, have been sent to the Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus from Russia, Valery Tolkachev, head of the department for supervision of especially important cases at the Prosecutor General's Office, head of the investigative group for the investigation of the criminal case into the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War, said at a presentation of the No Statute of Limitations. Belarus publishing project in the National Library, BelTA has learned.
"Just last week, our Russian counterparts sent us with another batch of archival documents. This is about 2GB of digitized archival data, including captured documents of the German command, the Wehrmacht," Valery Tolkachev said.
According to him, Belarus receives new archival documents regarding the genocide case every month thanks to the collaboration with Russian partners. We have set up a joint investigative group with the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, a working group with the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia.
The investigation, which is still ongoing, show that the scale of the tragedy was much larger than previously thought, Valery Tolkachev noted. Prosecutors are doing painstaking work. This is a great collective work of archivists, historians, scientists, representatives of ministries and departments concerned and also citizens.
"We are receiving a large number of letters which we carefully consider, attach to the case materials. To date, we have interviewed more than 15,000 witnesses and victims. These are both participants and witnesses of the events of that time," Valery Tolkachev said.
The materials published as part of the No Statute of Limitations. Belarus project made the basis of the criminal case into the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War and the post-war period initiated by the General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus.