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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Genocide Suspect Dies




RIGA -- An 85-year-old former Soviet security official, awaiting trial in Latvia on genocide charges, has died of heart failure, prosecutors said.


Vasily Kirsanov was indicted in November for Soviet-era crimes, including deporting a Latvian family to Siberia and persecuting members of organizations opposed to Soviet rule.


A spokeswoman at the prosecutor general's office said Kirsanov, who had also been charged with crimes against humanity, died Sunday in a psychiatric hospital.