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Putin 'too busy' to meet family of Holocaust hero Wallenberg

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:57 AM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on Jan 24, 2014. President Vladimir Putin will be too busy to meet a descendant of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg who has pleaded for help in unravelling his mysterious death in Soviet custody, his spokesman said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will be too busy to meet a descendant of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg who has pleaded for help in unravelling his mysterious death in Soviet custody, his spokesman said on Monday.

The Swedish diplomat saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi gas chambers at the end of World War II. He has been missing ever since his arrest by Soviet forces in 1945.

Mr Wallenberg's niece Louise von Dardel is travelling to Brussels where Mr Putin is attending an European Union-Russia summit on Tuesday in hopes of appealing directly for access to key documents about her uncle's death.

Soviet and Russian officials have argued that Wallenberg died of heart failure in Soviet custody in 1947 but never produced conclusive proof.

 
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