Russia still searching for WWII dead

Every spring, when the ground thaws, searchers fan out across Russia's vast swamps and forests armed with metal detectors, shovels and long metal probes, scouring for bones.

Most are are barely teenagers, their nails caked in the dirt of this valley west of Moscow, where up to 30,000 soldiers died before Adolf Hitler's advancing Nazi army in 1941.

The fields, about 140 kilometres (90 miles) west of Moscow, where the Red Army's 32nd Rifle Division held Nazi troops for 15 days in December 1941, have yielded over 600 skeletons in the last decade.

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