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 Russia has asked Canada to provide case material about an alleged former Nazi death squad member suspected of involvement in genocide during World War II, Russia’s top investigative agency said on Friday.

The 95-year-old, Helmut Oberlander, emigrated to Canada after the war and is now facing deportation. It is unclear where he could end up.

“Oberlander, who hid from the preliminary investigation immediately following Germany’s surrender, was able to avoid criminal liability,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Oberlander is alleged to have been involved in the mass killing of children at a Soviet orphanage in 1942, in the town of Yeysk, now part of southern Russia’s Krasnodar region, the statement said.

Oberlander’s Canadian citizenship was revoked after it emerged that he had not disclosed his service for Nazi Germany when applying to emigrate.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide

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