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  • Why does Moscow continue to hide the archives of the Soviet authorities
    Рosted 6 December 2022 15:56

    On December 5, 2022, the Head of the State Archival Service of Ukraine, Anatolii Khromov, spoke on the live broadcast of the 5th Channel TV marathon about why Moscow continues to hide the archives of the Soviet authorities.

    “russia is a continuation of a certain discourse that was formed during the Soviet period, when the state completely controlled access to state secrets, when the archival system was closed and special permissions were required. All this is from the Soviet Union, and russia, as the heir, in all ideological senses of the Soviet system, is still determined to keep its secrets away from the prying eyes of researchers. It should be understood that for the russian federation, the state secret of the Soviet Union remains a secret of the russian federation. It is obvious that archival science is used there as one of the auxiliary links of state propaganda. Of course, certain collections of documents have been issued for decades, but they are all aimed at discrediting certain population groups within russia.In order to discredit Ukraine, first of all, collections are published that are directed against the Ukrainian Liberation Movement of the Second World War, the post-war period, and the Ukrainian Revolution of the beginning of the 20th century. Separate documents are collected, which are used to “confirm” their historical myths. And this suits the leadership of russia, russian archivists and society. Individual activists who fought for the opening of archives in russia received real terms of imprisonment on fabricated cases. russia has a pseudo-legal method by which they use the court to classify the terms of possible declassification of a document”, — told Anatolii Khromov.

    Since 2015, Ukraine has fully opened access to the documents of the repressive bodies of the communist totalitarian regime from 1917 to 1991. Ukrainian archives are among the leaders in Europe, regarding the access to documents of the totalitarian Soviet regime.

    Watch full video (in Ukrainian) via the link.