Raoul Wallenberg was shot in the Lubyanka

27-11-2000, ed. Lenta
Google translation from russia:
Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression Academician Alexander Yakovlev believes that repressed by Stalin’s regime during the Second World War, a Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg will be rehabilitated by the decree of Vladimir Putin in the near future.
It is officially confirmed that his committee has a decision this fall about the necessity of rehabilitation Wallenberg as victims of political repression.  » « After that I immediately sent a letter to the Prosecutor General’s Office and told of our decision to the president, » – said Yakovlev told Interfax on Monday.

« We must finally put an end to this story, which became sharp international and long poisoned the atmosphere », – said Yakovlev. According to him, despite the fact that Wallenberg had been convicted by a court for political reasons, the legislation allows the RF to rehabilitate him as a victim of political repression.

According to Yakovlev, the Soviet authorities in the history of the Swedish diplomat who served during the Second World War, the Swedish embassy in Budapest and, using diplomatic status, saved the Nazi-occupied Hungary’s Jews, « finally entangled in lies. » > More

Request for rehabilitating Raoul Wallenberg


Raoul Wallenberg rehabilitated

10-11-2000, ed. Lenta.ru

Google translation from russia:

A process for the rehabilitation of repressed by Stalin’s regime during the Second World War, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. On Friday told journalists at the Presidential Commission for the rehabilitation of victims of political repression.
At a Nov. 9 meeting of the commission under the chairmanship of Alexander Yakovlev decided to « positively consider the preparation of proposals for the rehabilitation of Raoul Wallenberg », RIA Novosti.

During World War II, Wallenberg worked for the Swedish Embassy in Budapest. Using diplomatic status, he saved a Nazi-occupied Hungary’s Jews, who were sent to concentration camps.

Last colleagues saw Raoul Wallenberg 17 January 1945, when he went to meet with the commander of Soviet troops, just taken in Budapest after the retreat of the Nazis.

However, the media were various reports citing witnesses, who later met Wallenberg in various camps of the Gulag.

In 1991 he established the Russian-Swedish commission of inquiry into the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg. The Swedish side produced a report on the circumstances of the death of a diplomat.

In January 1993, the Swedish media published a copy of the order of the USSR People’s Commissar for Defense Nikolai Bulganin Commander of the Second Ukrainian Front Rodion Malinovsky, the arrest of Raoul Wallenberg and his discoveries in Moscow.

Once again, the question of the fate of Raoul Wallenberg had been raised during the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson on Sept. 27, 2000 in Moscow. -> More in russia

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Report on the activities of the Russian-Swedish working group for determining the Fate of Raoul Wallenberg (1991-2000)

25-10-2000, by Russian-Swedish Working Group,

In almost ten years of work the Russian part of the joint Russian-Swedish group has carefully checked and analysed all the most important archives of the Russian Federation and discovered quite a lot of new documentary information relating to the fate of Raoul Wallenberg and questioned living witnesses and the relatives of dead witnesses. Regarding the time factor, the possibility of investigating some new witnesses, who might have had useful information concerning Raoul Wallenberg, actually came to nothing. The publication of documents, that might in principle have opened up new opportunities, is presented by the group as extremely improbable. Altogether the work of the Russian part of the group has led to the following conclusions:

  1. All the circumstantial evidence confirms, that Raoul Wallenberg died, or most likely was killed, on 17th July 1947. Practically all the direct evidence was destroyed at the time. In the course of thorough investigative work, evidence was examined relating to the detention and arrest, or any other aspect of Wallenbergís time in prisons of the former USSR national security system. More reliable information was not found.
  2. The responsibility for the death of Raoul Wallenberg lies with the USSR government leaders of the time, since no other authority at the time could be in charge of the fate of the Swedish diplomat, representing a neutral government, a member of the ëWallenberg Houseí, both well known abroad and known specifically to the Soviet leader, Stalin. Individual blame as a ëcollaboratorí in this crime is carried by Abakumov, as the executor and key figure in the organisation of the physical removal of Wallenberg and the concealment of its evidence, and by Molotov, Vyshinskii and Dekanozov, providing foreign policy protection for the matter. Furthermore, there are weighty grounds for supposing that Molotov knew about the arrest and death of the diplomat, and moreover that, holding a responsible position, he slowed down the process of exposure of the committed crime.
  3. The conclusion therefore follows that the Soviet leadership as a whole were not keen to go into open discussions with the Swedish side It must be admitted that in ëcold warí conditions, the distrust was mutual. Both sides had to take a complicated path, before they began to leave their distrust of each other in the past. The start of the process of exposing the crime was set up by the processes of democratisation in Russia. In the latter, the fundamental principle was the clearing out of obstructed channels that had been started at the end of the 1980s.
  4. The Russian part of the joint Russian-Swedish group consider the task faced by the group to be resolved, and presents the results of its work to the leadership of the Russian Federation and Sweden. We believe that the work carried out can be of interest to the public.


The Russian part of the group expresses its thanks to all the bodies and organisations, and also individuals, who gave their assistance in its work, personally ñ the Swedish and Russian members of the group and the experts, who over many years ñ whether acting as part of their official duty or by vocation ñ worked towards clarification of the fate of Raoul Wallenberg. -> More (the original texte)

Former Red partisans admitted that arrested Raoul Wallenberg

21-10-2000, ed. Lenta.ru

Google translation from russia:

In Ukraine, there was a man who personally arrested the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, NTV reports.
Former guerrilla Bogdan Tarnavsky, a detachment which came to Hungary from Slovakia, near Budapest detained a stranger for the fact that in the hands of the army was an unusual bowler shape. During the search he found the Swedish and Belgian passports for same surname – Wallenberg.
Bogdan S. said that he was the last person seen Wallenberg in the wild, and personally handed it over to Soviet intelligence. In 1945, he signed non-disclosure and remained silent for 55 years.
Partizan did not suspect that they arrested a man rescued from the Nazis tens of thousands of people. According to the recollections of eyewitnesses of events, Raoul Wallenberg managed disembarrass Jews even from the trains on their way to camp. He gave them Swedish passports, hiding them in the imaginary Swedish missions, bribed and intimidated the occupation authorities. Wallenberg disappeared in the area of Budapest in 1945.
In the memoirs of Pavel Sudoplatov was evidence that Wallenberg was arrested on the personal orders of Bulganin and killed on the orders of Molotov in 1947. He introduced a lethal injection in the laboratory of poisons MGB in Moscow, in Varsonafevskom lane. Wallenberg’s body was burned in the crematorium Donskoy Monastery. Many years after this request relatives and zhurnalistvo about the fate of Wallenberg went unanswered. -> More in russia
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Hungarian Odysseus returned home

15-08-2000, by Catherine LABETSKAYA, ed. Vremya Novosti

Google translation from russia:

It has already revealed Penelope

Andras Tamas, Hungarian soldiers in World War II, the story went around that all the world’s media, he returned to his homeland.  Last weekend, accompanied by the Hungarian diplomats, senior doctor at a mental hospital Kotelnich Yuri Petukhov and a representative of the Hungarian National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology Ákos Worth he arrived in Budapest.  On the bank of the Danube Tamas immediately recognized the landscape and said: « It’s Gellért Hill! » Memory of the patient, which for decades was considered hopeless, returned quickly. In any case, when the Airport before the flight he was offered the mineral water, he said that he would prefer « pálinka » – Hungarian vodka.

At home Tamás be a two-month rehabilitation at the Institute of Psychiatry.Then he settles in a nursing home or in one of the 20 families who volunteer to take the old man.  Announced and relatives – an elderly lady with three grown-up daughters says that she recognized in Tamas her husband.

On the Hungarian « Patient X » (name of Andras Tamas, as conditioned year of birth – 1925 First, he was already in captivity), the Hungarian Embassy in Moscow, first heard two years ago after a Slovak, understands Hungarian, quite by accident found him in a psychiatric hospital in Kotelnich. Here Tamas spent more than 50 years. В 1945–1947. In 1945 – 1947 years he fought, apparently, in the ranks of the 2-nd of the Hungarian army and taken prisoner near Voronezh, was in hospital for prisoners of war.  According to the newspaper « Time of news » program director of the Hungarian Association of International Military Cooperation memorial « War Memorial » Eugene Peel, according to available information in their archives, Tamas had the opportunity to work for lumberjacks in the village.  Bystryagi Kirov region. > More

Raoul Wallenberg. Lab-X

01-01-2000, ed. Pereplet
Google translation from russia:

The mystery surrounding the name of Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat who is widely known throughout the world through their efforts to save Jews during the Second World War and disappeared in 1945, has not yet been disclosed.
Wallenberg was arrested by military counter-intelligence SMERSH in 1945 in Budapest and secretly liquidated, I believe ^ in the inner prison MGB in 1947.
It has been nearly half a century of fruitless investigations conducted by both officials of the KGB, and journalists, but that’s Wallenberg was not found.
Recently found a letter head of the Intelligence NKGB USSR phytin against SMERSH, who arrested Wallenberg in 1945, with the requirement to transmit it to the disposal of intelligence for operational purposes. However, Abakumov rejected this idea, trying, apparently, attributed to « laurels » successful work with Wallenberg own apparatus.
Raoul Wallenberg belonged to the famous family of financial magnates who supported from the beginning of 1944 secret contacts with representatives of the Soviet government. Although I do not instructed to develop Wallenberg and his connection with the German and U.S. intelligence agencies, I knew about the contribution made by his family at the conclusion of separate peace with Finland. The nature of military counter-intelligence reports about Raoul Wallenberg and contacts the family said that the diplomat – a suitable site for the recruitment or the role of the hostage. Wallenberg’s arrest, interrogation, obstoyateletva death – all confirmed that there was an attempt to recruit him, but he refused to cooperate with us. Perhaps the fear that an unsuccessful attempt to recruit will become available when you release Wallenberg, forced to liquidate him.
During the war, our residency in Stockholm had been instructed to find the influential people in Swedish society, which could act as an intermediary in negotiations with the Finns on a separate peace. Then we have established contacts with the family of Wallenberg. > More

Russia closes book on Wallenberg, saviour of Jews

04-12-1997, ed. BBC News

Thursday, December 4, 1997 Published at 07:51 GMT


Raoul Wallenberg: saved thousands of Jews from Nazis

Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov has said the Russians have done everything possible to discover the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi holocaust.

Wallenberg disappeared in 1945 after being arrested by occupying Soviet troops. He was aged 32.

Mr Primakov, for the first time, described Wallenberg’s arrest as « criminal ». But he said there was no reason to doubt that Wallenberg died in a Moscow prison in 1947 of a heart attack.

Many people, including his family, question the official version of his fate. There were a number of unsubstantiated reports of sightings of Wallenberg into the 1970s. This led to the belief that he may have survived.

If he were alive now, he would be 85. But another suspicion is that he may eventually have been executed by Soviet security forces. > More

Jeltsins statsbesök

03-12-1997, by Sveriges Ambassad i Moskva,

Uttalande av presstalesmannen Jastrzjembskij om Raoul Wallenberg

Översänder närslutet ITAR-TASS-telegram som återger uttalanden igår av presidentens presstalesman Sergej Jastrzjembskij om Raoul Wallenberg. Jastrzjembskij tolkar utgången av samtalen mellan Jeltsin och statministern som att frågan om Raoul Wallenbergs öde inte längre är en politisk fråga i de rysk-svenska relationerna.


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Record Found of Soviet Order to Arrest Wallenberg

25-01-1993, ed. S.F. Chronicle

Article from SF Chronicle about the discovery of this document

-> see copy of the Smolstov’s document