00:40 GMT13 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A mass grave believed to contain bodies of some 3,000 victims of Nazi Germany has been unearthed in western Russia, a search team behind the discovery said Thursday.

    "A civilian mass grave was found during a search near the village of Moglino in Pskov Region on June 17," the Search Movement of Russia said in a press release.

    Nazi Germany set up a concentration camp for captured Soviet troops near the village after occupying the region in 1941.

    Anna Shunyayeva, a volunteer working at the dig site, said the search party found bodies very close to where the camp was said to be. The remains were covered with a foot of soil. Two bodies have already been identified.

    Researchers said that in 1942, Nazis started bringing civilians to the camp. A total of 3,000 people are believed to have lost their lives between 1941 and 1944. Berlin promised the territory to Estonia, and Estonian collaborators did most of the killing.

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