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An official Kremlin document sent to the European Court of Human Rights in 2010 suggests hopes of Russia acknowledging responsibility of the Katyn massacre in 1940 may be disappointed. In a response to a lawsuit by those seeking Russia's rehabilitation of the Katyn victims, the Russian government said there's no certainty the Polish victims were even shot, while generally Russia is not obliged to conduct an investigation into what it calls ‘the events’. To the rehabilitation calls, the answer is ‘nyet’.

—Marcin Sobczyk, Wall Street Journal, 6 April, 2010

In 2010, when Vladimir Putin invited his Polish counterpart to jointly commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre—scheduled for 10 April, there was hope that Russia was trying to redefine its official stance on the Stalin-ordered killing of about 22,000 Polish military officers and intellectuals by the Soviet ...

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