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Germany to hand over data on Soviet prisoners of war to Russia

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Germany to hand over data on Soviet prisoners of war to Russia


04.03.2020

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Germany intends to hand over data on Soviet prisoners of war, who ended up in German camps during the Second World War. This was stated by German Ambassador to Moscow Geza Andreas von Geyr, RIA Novosti reports.

The foreign ministers of the two countries reached the corresponding agreement in 2019, it was signed between the Russian State Military Archive and the Federal Archive of Germany. Under the agreement, Russia will receive information on hundreds of thousands of dead prisoners and interned citizens of the Soviet Union.

According to the German diplomat, the data from the German archives will help clarify the fate of prisoners of war and captured persons (many of them were considered missing), as well as "contribute to reconciliation."

The copies of the documents will be published on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

According to official figures, during the war years, more than five million Soviet soldiers were in German captivity, more than three million of them died.

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