Russia: Stalin Called Responsible for Katyn Killings
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Russia's Parliament on Friday approved a statement holding Stalin responsible for ordering the 1940 murder of more than 20,000 Polish officers in a forest near the village of Katyn. Against the protests of Communist Parliament members, the State Duma acknowledged that archival material "not only unveils the scale of his horrific tragedy but also provides evidence that the Katyn crime was committed on direct orders from Stalin and other Soviet leaders." The Soviet government argued that Nazis were responsible for the massacre, a stance that created a passionate division between Poland and Russia. This year, however, Moscow has taken a series of steps to patch up a relationship that had become an obstacle to European integration.
First Published November 26, 2010 11:51 pm