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The Katyn massacre, also known as the Katyn Forest massacre, was a mass execution of Polish nationals carried out by the People\'s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), the Soviet secret police, in April and May 1940. The massacre at Katyn Forest, near the villages of Katyn and Gnezdovo (approximately 19 kilometers/12 miles west of Smolensk, Russia), was primarily of Polish military officers in the Kozelsk prisoner-of-war camp. Other executions occurred at the geographically distant Starobelsk and Ostashkov camps, at the NKVD headquarters in Smolensk, and at prisons in Kalinin (Tver), Kharkiv, Moscow, and other Soviet cities. Still more executions took place at various locations in Belarus and Western Ukraine, based on special lists of Polish prisoners, prepared by the NKVD specifically for those regions.

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