The Belarus General Prosecutor’s Office announced yesterday that it has closed the investigation into the mass murders committed by the ex-USSR’s secret police NKVD in the Kuropaty forest near Minsk. The officials confirmed the estimate that at least 30,000 people were shot and buried in mass graves in that forest, but it claimed to lack archival evidence for clarifying the circumstances and identifying the perpetrators. The criminal case was launched in 1988, but the state authorities under Lukashenko failed to pursue it. (Interfax, July 1)
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