Austria to give Russia data on Soviet victims of Nazis

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The Austrian government said Sunday it would this week turn over to Russia data on some 60,000 Soviet nationals who died in Austria under Nazi rule or soon after liberation.

A team from the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute on consequences of the war led by historian Stefan Karner compiled a 1,000-page list of the names of these Soviet citizens with the dates of their deaths and the locations of their remains.

They were soldiers, prisoners of war, concentration camp inmates, forced labourers or civilians. Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938.

Austrian Interior Minister Maria Fekter will hand over a copy of the list to the head of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Naryshkin, during a two-day visit to Moscow beginning Wednesday, her ministry said.

Talks with her Russian opposite number Rashid Nurgalyev were also planned.

About 2,000 other copies of the list will also be sent to Russia and made available to various local administrations.

The data will also be accessible online at the institute's address.

© 2010 AFP

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