The Russian Foreign Ministry has handed a copy of a special report drawn up by employees of the Soviet Embassy to Japan after visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki right after their atomic bombings by the U.S. in 1945 to State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin, and the document will be published soon for the first time ever.
"The Foreign Ministry leadership has decided to make a copy of this report, which has never been published before, even in Russian academic publications. In our view, it deserves to be published in the run up to this anniversary," Alexander Ilyshev-Vvedensky, the head of the Japanese division within the Russian Foreign Ministry's Third Asia Department, said at a round-table conference on Aug. 5.
"Society's interest in this issue is very keen. I would propose that this document be posted on the Russian Historical Society's website in the near future, even today," Naryshkin said while accepting the document.
Ilyshev-Vvedensky said the employees of the Soviet embassy gathering information in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in September 1945 "did not have dosimeters or any other devices to record the medical consequences of the catastrophe, but what is written in the report is the first live account of the bombings' horror and what was called a crime against humanity."
The round-table conference took place at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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