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17 Questions from the Swedish-Russian Working Group

  • Swedish-Russian Working Group

1.  Who took the decision to arrest Raoul Wallenberg and send him to Moscow, and exactly when was this decision taken?

2.  What were the reasons for this decision and for Raoul Wallenberg’s being detained in prison? Did the reasons for this alter with the passing of time?

3.  Did the Soviet side try to indicate that they were interested in an exchange?

4.  What were the reasons for indifferent attitude shown by those in charge of Swedish foreign policy to the Wallenberg case, primarily between 1945-1947?

5.  What happened on 17 July 1947? If Raoul Wallenberg died, how did it happen? If he was executed, who took the decision? And in that case, where is he buried? If he was held in isolation, where are the relevant papers?

6.  When and where was the Smoltsov report found, and by whom?

7.  How did the report come to be written?

8.  What was in the letter Abakumov wrote to Molotov on 17 July 1947? Where is the letter?

9.  Did Roedel die of natural causes in the autumn of 1947, and what are the circumstances relating to Langfelder’s alleged death in March 1948?

10. Was Raoul Wallenberg in Stockholm in the autumn of 1944? Did he talk then to Mme Kollontay?

11. If, as emerged from our interviews, Raoul Wallenberg’s belongings were kept in a file in the care of a KGB archive official during the 1950’s, 1960’s and early 1970’s, surely it is very unlikely that they would be found on a shelf in a basement in 1989? What happened to Raoul Wallenberg’s other possessions?

12. Where are the papers relating to the discussion in 1956 between Vladimirov, the Soviet diplomat and KGB official, and Frey, the Finnish diplomat?

13. Why were so few internal KGB papers preserved, even from the 1956-57 period? When and on whose orders were the papers destroyed?

14. What did Shiryagin from Charkov write in his letter in the spring of 1956 that caused the MID to worry about the information spreading? Where can this information be found today?

15. Exactly when were the references to Raoul Wallenberg and Langfelder blotted out in the KGB journals?

16. Why did the Soviet Union not give a completely honest reply in 1957?

17. As long as there is no fully reliable proof of what happened to Raoul Wallenberg, the questions relating to the testimony of a number of witnesses must be kept up-to-date and satisfactory explanations obtained. This is particularly valid for Vladimir Prison and the issues concerning the empty cells.

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