The SBU (Ukraine’s Security Service) reveals secret documents of the KGB, Soviet security service. Eventually, common Ukrainian citizens will gain digital access to the formerly secret files that stayed in the KGB archives for decades, said Andriy Kogut, Director of SBU Archive.
According to him, the Security Service currently performs digital capture of the documents, while the actual documents will be passed to Ukraine’s Institute of the National Memory.
“The SBU will eventually say goodbye to the Soviet legacy. The information about massive violations of human rights, repressions and crimes of the Communist regime will be opened. It is one of the key guarantees that totalitarian practices and methods will stay in the past forever”, Kogut said.
In his words, Ukraine will continue efforts to exchange documents of Communist security services with authoritative European institutions of Poland and the Czech Republic. The process of exchange will not get in the way of the normal work of the SBU archive, and it won’t interfere with the work of those concerned, said the official.
In April 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the law on public access to archives of the Soviet-era security services. Since then, the number of requests for archive information in Ukraine grew by 46 percent; most of them regard searching members of the repressed families.