Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talks to reporters at the Pentagon Friday, Jan. 26, 2001 in Washington. Russian leaders have nothing to fear from a U.S. national missile defense and are ``off the mark'' in calling it a threat to arms control, Rumsfeld s
WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite misgivings in Moscow, Pentagon investigators are intensifying their search for Cold War-era Russian records that could confirm reports that American servicemen from World War II and the Korean War were held and died in the network of labor camps known as the gulag.
The Russian government is cooperating with the effort, but it has been deeply skeptical of the evidence available so far - mainly eyewitness accounts with limited details and little or no documentation.
The Russians have questioned the authenticity and validity of one of the Pentagon's most compelling sources, a Russian emigre who claims he learned while in internal exile in the former Soviet Union that dozens of American servicemen - some identified by name - were imprisoned in the 1950s.
The Defense Department released to The Associated Press this week a compilation of reports from dozens of sources...