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Published: 10 september 2012 08:45

Lithuania plans to publish list of KGB secret agents

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Kęstučio Vanago/BFL nuotr. / KGB files

Following the publication of lists of KGB staff last week, Lithuania now plans to also publish a list of secret agents of the Soviet security police, says Arvydas Anušauskas, chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense.

In his words, a number of KGB agents remained undisclosed during the lustration process. Therefore, there are plans to provide more detailed information to the public about KGB staff.

"What happened during the lustration of people who collaborated with the KGB is that we talked about the publication of names of those who refused to come out. But people who organized, recruited, and carried out political persecution, in this case these were KGB staff, remained undisclosed. Previously names and biographies of heads of central structures were published, and recently names of heads and staff of local divisions have been published as the public really needs to know. Some of those people have left Lithuania, some of them still live here, do business, and present themselves as respectable businesspeople. But I think we really have to know who did what in the past," Anušauskas told BNS.

During the lustration process in Lithuania, restrictions for former KGB staff and secret agents to work in the public sector and for some private structures were applied until 2009.

"Among disclosed names there are people who were subjected to those restrictions. But there are also those who were not, as at the time they were, for example, pensioners. So in this case, this is more detailed information about those people who worked for the political persecution organization of the Communist system," Anušauskas said.

In his words, another list of those who did not come out as former secret agents of the KGB is being drafted, and it will be published in parts.

Based on remaining KGB documents, it is assumed that around 118,000 people in the Soviet Republic of Lithuania cooperated with the KGB between 1940 and 1991. According to existing information, 36,237 personal and other files were destroyed and 8,539 files were taken out of the country before 2 April 1990.

Remaining files make up 0.62 percent of the KGB archive.

The KGB had city and district representative offices in 1954-1967, and city and district divisions were established in 1967. A special division for Vilnius was established only in 1984. Until then, the territory was covered by the central KGB division of the Soviet Republic of Lithuania.

City and district divisions would thoroughly perform functions of the KGB of the Soviet Republic of Lithuania. Activities of local divisions would be determined by their geographical location (border zones, the seaside), by local objects (important strategic industrial, transport, military enterprises, military units) as well as local people's relation to the regime (former deportees, prisoners, religious people, clergy, people with relatives or acquaintances in the West, those who work for local education institutions or other objects of strategic importance as well as active participants of the anti-Soviet, especially religious, resistance).

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