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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Researchers: Wallenberg Lived Past 1947

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Independent researchers investigating the fate of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg believe he could have lived beyond 1947, the year Russians say he died in a KGB prison.

The researchers cited witness accounts and detailed analysis of Soviet records in raising the possibility that Wallenberg was kept alive and isolated as late as the 1980s.

“The most likely scenario is that Raoul Wallenberg did not die in July 1947, but ‘disappeared’ — that is, his identity was changed,” researcher Susan Mesinai said.

Summarizing findings to be released Friday, Mesinai said the Soviets probably wanted to keep Wallenberg for interrogation or to possibly exchange him for spies in Swedish custody. He could have been held as a prisoner in solitary confinement and identified only by a number or under a different name.

She conceded that the evidence was “circumstantial” but said it warranted further investigation.