Bulgaria seeks return of seized WWII archives





Bulgaria is demanding that Russia return important World War II documents taken in 1944 as the Soviet army swept through eastern Europe.

The government said Thursday the archive is more than 30,000 pages of documents, including details of Bulgaria's preparations to side with Nazi Germany in the war.

The Soviet army said it took the documents to use as evidence in war-crimes trials at Nuremberg.

Bulgaria says its request complies with a 1995 Russian federal law on cultural valuables that were moved to the Soviet Union after WWII and kept currently in Russia.




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