Se­cu­rity Po­lice: publi­ca­tion of KGB files could put at risk Latvia’s na­tional se­cu­rity

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Publi­ca­tion of KGB files «could cause risks for na­tional se­cu­rity,» said Chief of Se­cu­rity Po­lice Nor­munds Mežvi­ets in an in­ter­view to 900 sec­onds pro­gramme of LNT on Wed­nes­day, 26 Septem­ber.

When asked to ex­plain those risks, Mežvi­ets ref­er­enced his col­league, Con­sti­tu­tion Pro­tec­tion Bureau’s Di­rec­tor Jāņis Maizītis, who said that pub­lic ac­cess to KGB files could po­ten­tially so­ci­ety’s re­duce trust in state se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions. «You have to un­der­stand that there are peo­ple in mod­ern Latvia who had worked with state se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions. This kind of in­for­ma­tion is se­cret and very sen­si­tive. By agree­ing to pro­vide their sup­port to state se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions, peo­ple are given guar­an­tees that this in­for­ma­tion will re­main a se­cret for­ever. If we re­veal in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple who had once co­op­er­ated with se­cu­rity ser­vices of a to­tal­i­tar­ian state, this could dis­cour­age peo­ple from co­op­er­at­ing with state se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions of their own coun­try,» he ex­plained.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, Con­sti­tu­tion Pro­tec­tion Bureau has sent a let­ter to Saeima’s Hu­man Rights and Pub­lic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, say­ing that publi­ca­tion of KGB files on the in­ter­net could cre­ate cer­tain risks, in­clud­ing re­duced trust in se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions. In­for­ma­tion stored in those files may put at risk the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple men­tioned in those files, CPB said.

Last week, the Saeima sup­ported in the sec­ond read­ing amend­ments on the publi­ca­tion of for­mer KGB files on the in­ter­net. Amend­ments in­clude publi­ca­tion of KGB work­ers tele­phone books, which con­tain in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing other KGB work­ers and pub­lic sup­port­ers. Publi­ca­tion is planned to take place on the web­site of Latvia’s Na­tional Ar­chive. Start­ing from 1 May 2019, it is also planned to pub­lish other KG-re­lated doc­u­ments.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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