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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUConstitution Protection Bureau’s Centre for the Documentation of the Consequences of Totalitarianism requests additional funding of EUR 51,976 to continue financing the digitization of remaining KGB files before 30 April.

As the bureau explains, considering that the new political initiatives will be reviewed at the same time as the 2019 budget project, CPB has turned to Justice Ministry with a request for additional funding in order to comply with requirements of the law on preservation of KGB documents.

It is stated in the law that documents stored by the centre are to be digitized by the end of April 2019. The bureau stresses that «in accordance with the law, it is necessary to restart work on document digitization to make sure the task is completed within the allotted time.»

The matter regarding budget fund allocation will be viewed by the Cabinet of Ministers at a closed meeting on Tuesday, 15 January.

As previously reported, part of the available KGB files were published on kgb.arhivi.lv last December.

According to published files, the range of KGB interests covered a very wide range of people – potential agent recruitment cards mention priests, culture workers, scientists, as well as barmen, drivers, sailors and people of other professions. Files also mention names of politicians who were not mentioned in association with KGB in the past even though the law required it.

It is planned to make the rest of the available KGB files available online by 1 May 2019. Publication will take place once files have been digitized.


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