Russian parliament: Stalin ordered Katyn massacre
By JIM HEINTZ
The Associated Press
Friday, November 26, 2010; 10:20 AM
MOSCOW -- The World War II Katyn massacres were committed on the direct order of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Russia's lower house of parliament said Friday - a statement hailed by Polish officials.
The 1940 massacre of around 20,000 Polish officers and other prominent citizens in western Russia by Soviet secret police has long soured relations between the two countries. President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Poland in early December.