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Raoul Wallenberg

Volume 81: debated on Thursday 20 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to obtain from the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics a copy of the report of the death of Raoul Wallenberg; and if he will make a statement.

The official Soviet version of the events surrounding the reported death of Mr. Wallenberg is contained in a note handed by the then Deputy Minister Gromyko to the Swedish ambassador in Moscow in 1957. This stated that Mr. Wallenberg had died of a heart attack in Lubianka prison in 1947; that all documents relating to the case had disappeared except for a handwritten report by the head of the prison medical service; and that a Minister for State Security, executed in the mid-1950s, had previously misled the Soviet Foreign Ministry about Mr. Wallenberg's presence in the Soviet Union and his alleged death. All subsequent inquiries have been answered by reference to this note.