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Thread: KGB Documents, 1940 - 1991

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    Council Member Stan's Avatar
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    Default KGB Documents, 1940 - 1991

    A new Lithuanian site dedicated to publishing KGB documents on-line. Some of the menu is still pending, but not a bad start. Estonia's International Commission for Investigation of Crimes Against Humanity contributes as well as Latvia's Crimes Against Humanity site.

    The idea for this project was born a long time ago but was not finalised until 2006, when historians from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania met in Vilnius. The project aimed to make public KGB documents from the years of the occupation of the three countries.

    There were more motives to prepare an online site. First of all, historians from the three countries have always been annoyed by Russian propaganda that there had never been any occupation of any of the three Baltic States. Many historians were tired of getting into polemics with allegedly non-partisan Russian print and broadcast media representatives on the subject. The more so that later the historians’ arguments were presented out of context, and separate comments were used according to the strict scenario useful to Moscow’s propaganda.

    Another reason for the appearance of the site was to give students, historians, and all those who were interested, more possibilities to research KGB archives. One more important reason was the appearance of memoirs of KGB workers and their supporters in recent years. The authors of these reminiscences not only tried to whitewash their reputations, but also clearly rewrote modern history. In their publications, they called KGB workers true patriots, and portrayed dissidents, partisans, their messengers and their families as dunces who did not know why or what they were fighting for, and, even more, most of them were portrayed as common criminals.

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    Thanks for posting this. These things need to come to light and be remembered. Especially in this day and age where Russia is run by someone who was KGB and is now starting to force project their sphere of influence once again.


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