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Russia hands Poland declassified Katyn documents

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April 7, 2011, 5:18 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Photographers view copies of Russia's new report into the 1940 Katyn massacre, prior to officially handing them over to Poland's embassy representatives in Moscow, Thursday, April 7, 2011.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has provided Poland with 11 volumes of declassified documents on the 1940 massacre of more than 20,000 Polish officers and others by the Soviet secret police. Thursday's handover at Russia's Prosecutor General's Office brings the total number of declassified volumes given to Poland to 148 since May.

A statement on the prosecutor's website says the 11 volumes refer to the criminal records and place of burial of the victims.

Russia's long-delayed cooperation on the wartime killings has helped mend fractious ties between Moscow and Warsaw.

The Soviets falsely blamed the Katyn massacre on the Nazis for years, before Mikhail Gorbachev acknowledged the Soviet role in 1990.

Earlier this year Russia's ambassador to Poland said a decision had been made to exonerate the Polish prisoners of war of any crimes against the Soviet Union.
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