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Letter to the G8 summit

  • Susanne Berger, Susan E. Mesinai, Marvin W. Makinen, Ari Kaplan

We, the former independent consultants to the Swedish-Russian Working Group on the Fate of Raoul Wallenberg (1991-2001), are today releasing an Open Letter to the G8 Summit. The letter has the full support of Raoul Wallenberg’s family and is signed by international Wallenberg experts, historians and other prominent individuals. In Great Britain, signatories include John Le Carré and Gitta Sereny. In Sweden, Georg Klein, Arne Ruth, Maria-Pia Boëthius and Stig Ekman have signed the petition.
The letter requests the participating leaders to urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to reveal all facts about Raoul Wallenberg’s fate.
We cite compelling evidence that Russia has intentionally misled investigators and that highly pertinent documentation remains in Russian intelligence archives.
Raoul Wallenberg’s arrest sixty-one years ago by Soviet forces in Budapest, in direct violation of international rules of neutrality and diplomatic immunity, constitutes one of the great crimes of Soviet history. On the fiftieth anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s famous speech condemning Stalin’s crimes, no state secrets can possibly stand in the way of telling the world what happened to a true hero of the fight against Nazism.
Russia should be called upon to allow an immediate and full review of all records that hitherto have been withheld. Sweden, the United States and other concerned countries have to vigorously insist on access to this material.
The enclosed Open Letter may be published immediately. The full text of the document is being delivered by email to all G8 leaders:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Canada)
President Jacques Chirac (France)
Chancellor Angela Merkel (Germany)
Prime Minister Romano Prodi (Italy)
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (Japan)
President Vladimir Putin (Russia)
Prime Minister Tony Blair (United Kingdom)
President George W. Bush (United States of America);

as well as the following officials in Sweden:
Prime Minister Göran Persson
Foreign Minister and head of the U.N. General Assembly, Jan Eliasson
Cabinet Secretary Hans Dahlgren

For further information, go to or please contact:
Susanne Berger
Susan E. Mesinai
Marvin W. Makinen
Ari Kaplan

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