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April 28, 1986

Former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was accused of covering up a role in the forced repatriation of refugees who were then massacred by the Soviet Union after World War II. Historian Nikolai Tolstoy wrote in a new book that Macmillan, as a senior official in 1945, collaborated with British Gen. Charles Keightley to prevent implementation of Foreign Office instructions for screening repatriated Cossacks and White Russians. This allowed the handover of czarist exiles who would otherwise have escaped death in the Soviet Union, Tolstoy said. Keightley has died, and Macmillan, 92, was not available for comment.

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