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Investigators Open Probe Into Nazi Executions of Civilians in Western Russia During WWII

© REUTERS / Pawel UlatowskiA general view of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A criminal probe has been launched into civilian executions by Nazi firing squads and their accomplices during the Great Patriotic War in the western Russian region of Oryol, the Russian Investigative Committee said.
"By order of Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander Bastrykin, a pre-investigation check was carried out on the basis of declassified materials submitted by the Russian Federal Security Service's department for the Oryol Region. Based on its results, a criminal probe has been opened into the facts of civilian executions", the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.
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"The Nazi occupation of the Oryol Region during the Great Patriotic War lasted from October 1941 to August 1943. According to incomplete data, the Nazis killed over 80,000 civilians, including women, children, and elderly people over this period. In addition, over 200,000 people were deported to Germany for forced labour", the Russian Investigative Committee continued.
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