In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Vladimir Katriuk stands at his honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
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Vladimir Katriuk, the man who held the No. 2 spot on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted Nazi war criminals, has died, his lawyer said Thursday.Katriuk passed away last week after a long illness, Orest Rudzik said. 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 . 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.
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