Russian WWII veteran a Nazi chastener from Belarus
Law-enforcement agencies in Russia's Moscow province bust a former member of Nazi punitive squad who pretended for decades to be a war veteran.
The Russian Office of Public Prosecutor has received copies of archive files from General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus, confirming that the person in question was a Red Army officer at the Kaliningrad Front in 1942. The man was serving as a liaison officer, when he was captured by the German forces in July 1942. The prisoner-of-war betrayed other encircled fellow officers and joined the "Eastern" training regiment in Babruisk in December of the same year.
The former Red Army officer was a member of a punitive squad in France in August 1943 – September 1944. He was captured by US troops there. The Soviet secret services captured him in December 1945. The man was imprisoned for ten years for treason and has his military rank (lieutenant) invalidated.
The ex-chastener was refused acquittal, RIA Novosti reports. However, he managed to obtain a WWII participant certificate in Moscow Oblast in 1980. He has received social security allowances illegally for over thirty years.