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    National Alliance tends to support making public KGB files sooner, Latvia's ruling coalition to discuss possibility

    RIGA, Nov 13 (LETA) - Members of the ruling National Alliance tend to support the suggestion that the Latvian archives of the former Soviet security service KGB should be made public sooner, the party's co-chairman, Raivis Dzintars, told the press after the meeting of the ruling coalition parties today.

    Dzintars said that the National Alliance's parliamentary faction might soon decide on the subject.

    Answering a question about the possibility of making public the KGB files, Augusts Brigmanis, the chairman of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Union of Greens and Farmers, told LETA he was open to the proposals produced by professionals. He said there were also other opinions besides the commission of historians tasked with studying those files, for example, that of the Constitution Protection Bureau which is the top national security agency in Latvia.

    Arvils Aseradens, the chairman of the ruling Unity party, said that the party's board was yet to discuss the matter.

    The commission of historians headed by Karlis Kangers recently decided to ask Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis to annul the special law on those KGB files adopted 23 years ago and to make public the information contained in those files.

    The head of the Constitution Protection Bureau, Janis Maizitis, said in an interview with the Ir magazine that the lack of evidence about actual collaboration of the people mentioned in those files as KGB agents was one of the reasons why the files had been kept confidential so far. Another reason was that it would be a very selective move because only those files that were left in Latvia would be made public.

    The Latvian parliament in May 2014 passed in the final reading the amendments to the law about storage and use of the KGB files under which a government-approved panel of researchers was created to study those files till 2018 before making public the sensitive materials.

    The possibility of releasing information from KGB files that were left behind in Latvia after the Baltic state restored its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 has been discussed in Latvia at regular intervals during the past years with some arguing that the former KGB agents should be exposed and others questioning the authenticity of the documents and information contained in them.

    • Published: 13.11.2017 18:50
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