legendary Swedish diplomat rehabilitated in Russia

Russia has rehabilitated Raoul Wallenberg, saying the legendary wartime Swedish diplomat who died at the hands of the Soviet secret police was a victim of political repression. Mr Wallenberg has long been regarded as a hero in the West for helping to save thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps. He was arrested by Soviet troops who entered Budapest in 1945, and disappeared without trace. The decision to clear Mr Wallenberg's name was announced by the prosecutor-general's office in Moscow, which said no evidence had been found of any criminal case against him, or his driver Wilmos Langfelder, BBC reports. It said they had been deprived of their freedom without any grounds and had not been accused of any crime. The Soviet Union had always insisted that Mr Wallenberg died of natural causes while being held by the KGB, but a Russian investigation last month concluded that he had been executed in 1947, aged 34.