Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Museum Gets Soviet Nazi Files

Combined reports

The Russian government presented copies of thousands of documents on Nazi war crimes from KGB archives to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, Russian and U.S. officials said Monday.

Nikolai Kovalyov, Federal Security Service director, and Alexander Yakovlev, head of Russia's Commission for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression, handed over the documents to U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Interfax reported.

The reports said there are between 10,000 and 15,000 pages of documents.

"Pages of these documents are soaked in blood and human suffering," Yakovlev said.

The documents come from the central archives of the Federal Security Service, predecessor of the KGB, and concern crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis.

President Boris Yeltsin recently sent a letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton promising to send the documents to the United States. ()