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Saeima deputy: data protection regulation will not protect «KGB associates»

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDocuments detailing KGB workers’ names, nationality, work place, participation in the Communist party are not covered by the Personal Data Protection Regulation, stresses Saeima deputy Ritvars Jansons from the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’.

When asked if it is planned to allow just about anyone to access KGB documents, which do not affect him personally, by going to Latvia’s National Archive, Jansons said those people will have to fill in a request to be provided with access to KGB archive before being provided with electronic access.

«This will also apply to telephone books of KGB workers. The second variant is providing access to the database on the internet starting December 2018. Residents will be able to access the database from their personal computer by logging in in accordance with the order established by the Cabinet of Ministers. Other documents, such as investigated cases containing sensitive data regarding a person’s family status, adoption and health, will be available to researchers with no restrictions. This is a step forward when compared to previous legislation,» says Jansons.

As comparison he mentioned that in the past researches were required to have a PhD or authorization from a research institution for researchers to be able to access KBB documents. Currently the law states that journalists, researchers, lawyers or historians will be able to access and work with KGB documents that were previously securely stored in the Constitution Protection Bureau if it is needed in the interest of society.

«I believe this is a major step forward for research of KGV documents, and I home researchers will also inform society of results of their study and the extent of the Soviet totalitarian regime,» said Jansons.

He reminds that names of multiple well-known people in Latvia’s society have showed up on the list of people who had collaborated with KGB as informants. The total number of people is around 4,800. Any person interested in learning more will be able to check this list.

The law states that being on the KGB list does not carry any legal ramifications. The legal procedure established in 1994, which states that the court is the only institution with authority to prove the fact of cooperation with KGB, remains in force to this day, Jansons said. The presence of a person’s name on KGB lists is not enough to prove a person’s cooperation with KGB – only the court can prove this.

Criminal charges against certain agents for cooperating with Stalin’s regime and committing crimes against humanity and genocide will be published. Those people are now dead – they did not live to attend their court hearings. Information regarding KGB agents such as Alfons Noviks and others who were tried for committing crimes against humanity, mainly the deportations of 1941 and 1945, will also be published.


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