1986: Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme Murdered on the Street

1986: Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme Murdered on the Street
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One of the most controversial murders in history happened on this day. An unknown person killed Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme when one evening he was returning home from the cinema with his wife. It happened on the street in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

The Prime Minister did not have a bodyguard with him, which was typical for his easygoing style. The attacker shot him in the back and also wounded his wife, who survived with minor injuries. A lot of theories were intertwined around the murder. Some believe that he was killed by the CIA or the KGB. Namely, Olof Palme was known as an outspoken critic of both of the world’s superpowers. He criticized the United States about the Vietnam War. Some believe he was killed by the South Africans because of him criticizing the apartheid.

Other theories include the Kurds, a terrorist Baader-Meinhof group and the Swedish extreme right-wingers. In January 2011, in the German magazine Focus was published a theory that Palme was killed by the Yugoslav UDBA agent, a certain Ivo D. who supposedly lives in Zagreb, around the Street of the Town Vukovar. In the year 2013, conspiracy theories about the involvement of the Swedish police also emerged.

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