MOSCOW – Russia has given Japan information on the burial grounds and other information on 38,000 Japanese soldiers who died in captivity in the former Soviet Union after World War II, the ITAR-Tass news agency said Tuesday.
The information was delivered by Alexander Bystritsky, director of the War Memorials Association, to the Japanese Embassy in Moscow in accordance with the terms of a 1995 agreement between the two countries.
According to Tass, the newly identified burial grounds are scattered throughout Russia, including the eastern Siberia city of Irkutsk, the venue of Sunday’s summit between Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia has periodically released information pertaining to the roughly 600,000 Japanese soldiers who were captured and interned after the war.
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