A Presummit Gesture

Yeltsin confirms that the Soviets held American prisoners in the 1950s

"As the ancients used to say, the war is not over as long as the last slain soldier remains unburied." With these words Russian President Boris Yeltsin made an effort last week to help mend the scars of the cold war. In a letter to the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, Yeltsin confirmed that in the 1950s the Soviet Union shot down nine U.S. aircraft -- incidents never made public by the Pentagon -- and held 12 surviving Americans in prison or psychiatric clinics. He also reported that the Soviets held 716 American servicemen for varying periods during World War...

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