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SOVIET PARTISAN INDICTED IN WORLD WAR II SLAYINGS

Prosecutors today indicted a former Soviet partisan for his alleged role in ordering an execution of civilians during World War II when Latvia was occupied by German forces.

"The man, Vasilii Kononov, has been indicted for killing one man and giving orders to kill eight other persons, six men and three women," prosecutor Valdis Strelis told Reuters.

Kononov, commander of a Red Army partisan unit operating behind the enemy lines, is alleged to have ordered the killings in a village near the eastern town of Ludza in 1944 because the nine Latvians were suspected of cooperating with the Nazis.

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