Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec

Part of the memorial for the 2,230,000 citizens of Belarus who were killed during World War II, located at Khatyn. Source.

MONTREAL (AP) — The lawyer for the man in the No. 2 spot on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted Nazi war criminals says his client has died at 93.

Vladimir Katriuk passed away last week after a long illness, his lawyer Orest Rudzik said Thursday.

Russia charged Katriuk earlier this month with genocide in connection with the 1943 killing of civilians in Khatyn, now part of Belarus.

According to war reports, Katriuk was a member of a Ukrainian battalion of the SS, the elite Nazi storm troops, between 1942 and 1944. He had denied the accusations against him.

Katriuck moved to Canada in 1951 and eventually became a Canadian citizen.

  • Maxsteele

    My he rot in a very special place in hell. Right beside all his Nazi brethren. What an embarrassment that Canada allowed this scum bag to live her for decades after the atrocities he and his ilk committed. Not surprising it was QC at all.

    • Canadian

      Here we go again….
      So if I understand correctly, Qc gave him canadian citizenship, not Canada.
      And of course, if he had chosen to live anywhere in Canada than Qc, it would not have been permitted?

      • Maxsteele

        No smart guy, saying that I am not surprised he chose to live in QC. Of course, once serving with pride for a fascist regime he would feel most comfortable in the land of language police.

        • Canadian

          There were no war criminals living in the other provinces?

  • ntt1

    It seems pointless to prosecute a dying old man while the new fascism gains strength in all our universities across the western world

    • k1962

      It’s not like both are mutually exclusive. It’s justice. Prosecuting them says that if you committed violent, hideous crimes in your youth, you will be punished and your victims will get some justice, even if you are 93. I’m sure this accused Nazi didn’t care if his victims were 3 or 93.

      • ntt1

        but earlier investigations by the Wiesenthal centre rated him as a very low level functionary. meanwhile attacks on Jewish students on campus’s are becoming more and more common. its not Nazism this time its islam and its lib-left supporters.

        • k1962

          I don’t know if he’s low level or high level. I just think that my dead relatives deserve justice. I agree with you about the problems on university campuses. The Jew hatred and demonization of Israel is a huge problem. Don’t know how it can be solved in our PC times. We are screwed basically.

          • El Martyachi

            It’s a deep rabbit hole. There’s piles of dead relatives who never got justice and certainly never will from anything Russian.

  • Maggat

    I would not be surprised if there weren’t a lot of that ilk here after the war. Still it’s a pity more were not ferreted out and deported.

    • cmh

      There are plenty of international criminals who are sheltering here on your tax dollars….. they cannot be deported because our government prefers to shelter them.

    • k1962

      I did a Masters degree with this guy of the same background as this accused Nazi who swears his grandfather took a Jewish name when he immigrated to Canada. I told him that Jews were Anglicizing their names to fit in, why would your grandfather take a Jewish name? I told him it was more likely that his grandfather had a Jewish father or grandfather. He smirked and said he didn’t think that was possible ( I got the impression that this guy didn’t like Jews). He thought it was more probable that he took a Jewish name so he would do better when he came to Canada, as it that’s all it takes. For years I wondered if there could possibly be a third reason that this Ukrainian had a Jewish name, like trying to hide maybe. Anyway, he brought up his theory in front of the class and shot down my response. But then a German woman said that she was hidden during the war by her mother in a convent and that her mother was Jewish. I had no clue that this woman was a Jew and not completely German. Her response to him was basically telling him that people can be Jews and you just don’t know it.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “In 1999, Canada’s Federal Court ruled Katriuk obtained Canadian citizenship under false pretenses by not telling authorities about his collaboration with the Nazis but could find no evidence he committed atrocities. In 2007, the Harper cabinet decided not to revoke his citizenship.”

    It seems this guy was looked-into a long time ago, and essentially cleared, and Russia can go pound sand.

    I’m beginning to wonder if the Simon Wiesenthal Center doesn’t have a lot more in common with the SPLC than I previously imagined.

  • Minicapt

    Putin does take off his shirt for the photographers, so that should demonstrate the absolute moral authority of the Russian complaint.