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    Russia's Communist Party has asked President Dmitry Medvedev to reopen a probe into the 1940 massacre of Polish officers, the newsru.com website reported.

    Russia's Communist Party has asked President Dmitry Medvedev to reopen a probe into the 1940 massacre of Polish officers, the newsru.com website reported.

    According to official data, over 20,000 Polish officers were killed in 1940 by the NKVD - the Soviet secret police. The executions took place in various parts of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The largest massacre occurred in the Katyn forest near the Russian city of Smolensk.

    But the Communists say the Polish officers were executed "by German occupational authorities in fall 1941 rather than by the NKVD in 1940." They also say they can provide documents to prove their viewpoint.

    Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov signed a statement saying: "Soviet history falsification has become one of the key tools of the ideological war continuously waged against the Russian people by hostile foreign and domestic forces."

    The Russian organization Memorial, which documents Stalin-era repressions, rejected the Communists' claim.

     

    MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti)

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