Bulgaria wants WW2 documents seized by Soviet Russia

The 40,000 pages from various Bulgarian institutions were taken by the Red Army in 1944 for use in the post-war trials of Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, Bulgaria said.

Bulgaria wants WW2 documents seized by Soviet Russia

Bulgaria wants Russia to return World War Two documents seized by the Soviet army that historians say will shed light on the Balkan country's decision to become a Nazi ally, the government said on Thursday.

The 40,000 pages from various Bulgarian institutions were taken by the Red Army in 1944 for use in the post-war trials of Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, the government said in a statement.

"They concern important papers from the period of 1934-1944 that show the preparation and the entering of Bulgaria into the Three-Power Pact (between Germany, Japan and Italy)," it said.

Historians say however that the files are unlikely to solve the biggest mystery of the time -- the sudden death of King Boris the Third in August 1943.

Some Bulgarians believe Boris was poisoned by Nazis for refusing to cooperate with Adolf Hitler. Others say he was poisoned by Soviet agents trying to impose Moscow's influence in the Balkans.

"We don't expect the archives to contain information about Tzar Boris' death," said Boryana Buzhashka, head of the Archives State Agency. "But they are original Bulgarian documents that belong to the country and have to be returned."

Reuters
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