A Russian investigator said Friday that his government will disclose "tragic information" next week about American soldiers who died in the Soviet Union, including pilots shot down during the Cold War.
Vladimir Kozlov, deputy chairman of the Russian-American Bilateral Commission on POWs, said the revelations will be made at a weeklong conference that opens Monday in Moscow."There's evidence and new tragic information about the fates of several people who were here at different times, especially during World War II," Kozlov said in an interview with The Associated Press.
He added that some of the documents concern U.S. pilots who were shot down or taken prisoner during the Cold War. Information about two Americans executed in Soviet prison camps during World War II also will be given to U.S. officials, Kozlov said. He refused to provide further details in advance.
Gen. Dmitri Volkogonov, a reformist military historian who co-chairs the commission, said in an interview published Friday that the two executed Americans had been serving prison sentences for espionage.
Volkogonov told The Moscow Times, an English-language newspaper, that Russia would release telegrams between Josef Stalin and Mao Tse-tung about exchanges of American prisoners during the Korean War.
Volkogonov had previously disclosed that 59 Americans, mostly pilots, were downed by the North Korean and Soviet air forces during the Korean War and were kept in North Korean camps. He said authorities found records of KGB interrogations of the pilots.