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KGB document research committee requests ESM official’s dismissal

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn order to contribute to the restoration of trust between researchers and state civil service, KGB documents research committee has requested Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma to consider the possibility of dismissing Director of Education Ministry’s Higher Education, Science and Innovations Department Agrita Kiopa from the committee.

According to information from LETA, the letter sent to the prime minister states that after 14 months working in the committee, Kioppa has not managed to comprehend basic principles of freedom of scientific work. The committee states that the preparation process of the contract between Education and Science Ministry and University of Latvia raises serious concerns. This is because it does not comply with the prime minister’s publicly made promises to administer the committee’s work in Latvian History Institute of the University of Latvia.

The committee notes that there have been signs of judicial obstruction with intention of delaying the signing of the contract till the moment when practical work in 2015 becomes impossible. These signs have been especially noted in the behaviour of the ministry’s state civil service officials, especially Kioppa.

As it is known, the government allowed ESM to sign a contract regarding research of KGB documents with University of Latvia without first launching a procurement contest.

ESM explained that this step was necessary because a procurement procedure would have threatened protection of national interests. ESM emphasized that KGB documents and their research is undoubtedly linked to national security interests and Latvia’s territorial integrity. With that, the ministry sees the necessity to protect the country’s democratic structure, state security and prevention of threats to public order.

The government’s decision to sign a contract with LU, in accordance with which the university would be provided with state budget funds to finance the committee’s research process and cover costs related to its work.

KGB documents are believed to contain information about Latvian citizens’ cooperation with KGB or repressions committed by KGB in Latvia. Knowing that the research committee may come across documents that have a status of limited access or official secret, the state has to create conditions to make sure research of those documents does not create risks for state and public interests, emphasized ESM.

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