Adolf Hitler 'did not shoot himself'

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Russia's top KGB archivist has claimed Adolf Hitler poisoned himself rather than committing suicide with a gun in the manner of a "soldier".

Lieutenant-General Vasily Khristoforov, the top archivist for Russia's FSB security service, said Soviet military medics at the time were only able to determine that Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun had died after ingesting cyanide on April 30, 1945.

He said the "myth" that Hitler died an honourable death by simultaneously shooting himself in the head as he took a cyanide capsule appeared wide of the mark.

Soviet medics found no serious wounds on Hitler's heavily burned body either, he added.

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