Soviets `killed Wallenberg'

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Russian Justice Minister Sergei Stepashin yesterday said it is likely that the Soviets killed the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg for his role in saving Jews in the Second World War.

"There were many agreements between Hitler and Stalin, especially on the issue of Jews," said Mr Stepashin, who accompanied President Boris Yeltsin on a three-day visit to Sweden which ended yesterday. "I believe that was the main reason why they killed him: he knew too much about Stalinism and fascism."

Wallenberg is credited with saving 20,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. He was arrested by the Soviet Army and vanished in the Soviet gulag.