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Digitalization of KGB archives requires EUR 2 million

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDocuments related to activities of KGB were originally submitted to the Constitution Protection Bureau for storage. Because of that, the KGB Analysis Committee still cannot access most of them. With that, talks on this matter continue between authorities, said the committee’s chairman Karlis Kangeris in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

This week, the KGB Scientific Analysis Committee released the first article on results of KGB document analysis titled «Totalitarian society control and repression». Scientific investigation was carried out by members of the committee, experts and graduates. There will be three volumes in total. The first volume will contain 18 looks at the Soviet totalitarian and bureaucratic regime, repressions carried out by it and cover-ups of KGB, as reported by lsm.lv.

Kangeris admits that available documents set the topics and results, because everything accomplished by the committee so far has been the result of the committee’s own efforts. Kangeris adds that the Saeima or the government should have made it an obligation for institutions and ministries to cooperate with the committee and provide access to archived materials.

Currently each ministry and institution can decided whether or not to cooperate with the committee. For example, it is not possible for the committee to gain access to documents stored in the Constitution Protection Bureau. Kangeris explains that the documents are not secret on their own. Nevertheless, they are stored on premises of CPB. The bureau may allow one or two researchers to enter, which, according to Kangeris, is not enough, considering the volumes of documents stored there. Because of that, the committee and the bureau are currently engaged in negotiations.

The committee actively communicates with the Saeima as well; efforts are being made to involve the government as well to resolve this problem, said Kangeris.

Kangeris adds that most of the documents are in poor shape: for example, there are approximately 50,000 ‘filtration cases’ stored in the state archive and all of them are in poor state and need to be digitized in order to analyse them in the future.

At the same time, however, with the funding the committee has now, it will take 83 year to digitize all documents, said the head of the committee. Digitalization of KGB documents would require approximately EUR 2 million.

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