QUALIFY KATYN MASSACRE AS GENOCIDE, POLAND'S SENATE CALLS RUSSIA

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WARSAW, April 1 (RIA Novosti's Leonid Sviridov) - The Polish Senate is calling Russia to qualify as genocidal act a WWII massacre of Polish nationals in Katyn.

"Those heinous murders trampled down universal moral norms and nations' essential rights as they ushered in the implementation of a criminal plot by two allied totalitarian regimes-Germany's Third Reich and the Soviet Union, who were scheming to put an end to Poland by exterminating its most precious people," the Senate says in a statement.

The Russian top military prosecutor's experts have finished a related investigation, and Poland expects to receive all related documents from Russia, the statement goes on.

"Katyn is to become the place that will symbolize to Europe all crimes against humanity, which the builders of the Soviet evil empire committed in the name of the Community ideology," stresses the statement.

Meanwhile, the Russian Military Prosecutor General's office did not see any elements of genocide as it was investigating the Katyn tragedy, Alexander Savenkov, Military Prosecutor General, announced, March 11.

The investigation had precisely established the number of internee camp inmates. It slightly exceeded 14,540-10,700 interned in Russia and 3,800 in Ukraine. The violent death of 1,803 was established, with 22 of the victims identified, Mr. Savenkov went on-and did not care to say a word about the others' fate.

The Katyn tragedy investigation finished, September 21, 2004. The culprits' criminal cases were dismissed with their death, added the prosecutor.

More than 14,000 Polish military officers were interned in the Soviet Union, autumn 1939. Reports of NKVD men shooting the officers in the Katyn forest, 14 kilometers west of Smolensk, first appeared in 1943, two years after the start of German military occupation of the Soviet Union's west.

A Soviet investigation team of 1944 blamed the massacre on nazis.

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