The Smoltsov Report


The Smoltsov report – analysis and comment

Texte from the Report of the Swedish-Russian Working group, Stockholm 2000

« As the Smoltsov report is the only document that has something definite to say about Raoul Wallenberg’s fate, further analysis and comment is necessary. In the first place, a representative of the working group from the Russian Ministry of Security talked to the prison doctor’s son, Viktor Aleksandrevitch Smoltsov (who refused to meet the interview group on the grounds that he had nothing further to add to the details given below). The son  was 23 years old in 1947 and already employed in the security service. He stated that his father was unexpectedly called to his work on an evening in July 1947. This was unusual considering that he suffered from heart disease, did not therefore work full-time and was preparing to be discharged. His father did not return until the following morning and then said that a Swede had died in the MGB inner prison (Lubianka). This story must be treated in the same way as every other oral communication; it comprises a version which is not sufficient proof in itself.

In an effort to determine the authenticity of the Smoltsov report, it was decided at an early stage to have the handwriting analysed by experts and to subject it to a technical investigation. The Russian side undertook to do this at an institute of forensic expertise at the Soviet Ministry of Justice (App. 48). As far as the technical analysis was concerned, their conclusions were that the report could have been written on the date mentioned, i.e., 17 July 1947. It was not possible to determine by means of a chemical analysis (of ink and paper) the exact point in time on which the report was created because there is no method of determining the absolute age of a document based on changes in the material due to its age. > More

Dear Mr. President,

27-03-1947, by Guy von Dardel,

Dear Mr. President,

I write to you concerning the whereabouts of my brother, Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish citizen who went to Hungary in July, 1944 as the representive of President Rossevelt’s War Refugee Board and who has been missing since the Soviet Foreign Office early in the 1946 declared him to be under Russian protection.

I appeal to you because I believe that his fate, apart from being a source of continuous anguish to his family, also touches the conscience of this great democraty. I ask your aid because my borther’s mercy mission – which included the rescue of 20 000 Hungarian Jews – was carried out under American associates in Stockholm as well as thepeople of Budapest estimate that perhaps 100 000 men, women and children owe their survival to him…

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Lubyanka Interrogation Register for July 23, 1947


 Langfelder-Katona, July 23rd 1947Page from Lubyanka Interrogation Register for July 23, 1947. Entries show interrogations for Raoul Wallenberg’s driver, Vilmos Langfelder,  and  Langfelder’s presumed cellmate, Sandor Katona. In spite of our many requests to the Russian side to  provide full page copies, other entries remained obscured. For this reason, it was not known until now that an unknown « Prisoner Nr. 7 » was also interrogated on the same date, by the same interrogator (S. Kartashov), during the same time period. « Prisoner Nr. 7 » remains unidentified, but archivists from FSB have now stated that it was with « high likelihood » Raoul Wallenberg.  It should be pointed out that neither Langfelder nor Katona signed the registration book after the end of their interrogations. Instead, the book simply carries the term « proshel » (‘has gone through’). We have requested a full page copy of this page. Russian officials have stated that the entry for ‘Prisoner Nr. 7’ also is signed « proshel ».

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