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July 19, 1988
Polish army chaplains prayed for the first time at the site of a wartime massacre of Polish officers near the Soviet village of Katyn, Poland's state-run television reported. About 20 chaplains, accompanied by a Soviet army honor guard, laid wreaths at the mass grave of more than 4,300 Polish officers captured by the Soviet army in 1939. The massacre has poisoned Polish-Soviet ties for decades.
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August 23, 1991 | From Associated Press
Here is a partial text of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's news conference Thursday, as translated by the Associated Press . Gorbachev: Today's press conference is taking place after events which more than anything I hope are not repeated, and that similar press conferences on this topic will not have to take place. We made it through. As I want to be accurate--did we make it all the way through or not?
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August 23, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The men from Moscow announced themselves as simply from "the committee," and they bluntly told Mikhail S. Gorbachev to grant them sweeping emergency powers or be ousted as president of the Soviet Union and, Gorbachev thought, probably killed. Although fearing more for his family than himself, Gorbachev rejected the ultimatum. "The hell with you!" he told the men.
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October 21, 1989 | MASHA HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soviet Union offered Friday to let relatives of Raoul Wallenberg tour a prison where family members say he was held as recently as 1980, and Soviet officials said they are prepared to believe the Swedish diplomat is still alive if given convincing proof, Wallenberg's half-brother said.
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June 18, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
About a thousand convicts barricaded themselves in a riot-torn Ukrainian prison and took up positions on the roof after police tried to evacuate the rioters. Two inmates have reportedly been killed in the four-day-old riot. The Dnepropetrovsk prison, one of the largest in Europe, holds both convicted criminals and suspects, including women and teen-agers. The riot reportedly started after some women prisoners screamed that they were being beaten.
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August 28, 1990 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time, Soviet authorities have admitted the possibility that Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis, may not have died in a Soviet prison in 1947, a Canadian professor investigating the case said Monday. "They are now entertaining the possibility that he did not die when the Soviet Union said he did," Irwin Cotler, a law professor and chairman of an international commission on the Wallenberg case, told reporters.
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September 26, 1988 | From Reuters
Soviet labor camp inmates trying to distill alcohol by heating paint started a blaze that killed 24 in Kazakhstan, the republic's newspaper reported. Kazakhstanskaya Pravda said officials refused to give details to its reporters for three weeks after the incident, which occurred Sept. 2 when inmates at a camp near Petropavlovsk broke into a paint storeroom.
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