[cryptome] Re: KGB archives will be opened and information declassified

  • From: "Douglas Rankine" <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:06:59 +0100

Hi Aftermath,

First of all, let me say, thank you for submitting this to the mailing list. I
am sure John Young will relish publishing these archives... J.

I didn’t know about it. I personally welcome the release...if it happens. I
think that the shit will hit the fan for some people and organisations.
Others, such as historians and those of us who find such things interesting,
will welcome it... J. The release of the archives of the East German secret
police, caused a lot of strife amongst families, and the “comrades” a few
years ago. Apparently, they, the people, individual members of families,
citizens of a socialist state, led by a communist party; were, unbeknownst to
each other, spying on one another, and giving regular reports to the secret
state police...in the name of democracy, socialism, communism, and equality,
liberation and freedom of course.

“Comrades”, after all are equal to one another...aren’t they? Comrades are
people who belong to a more advanced society, they are politically aware, more
educated than Capitalist friends and associates, feudal landlords, and
understand the needs, desires and wants of the people, and arrange for those
needs etc. to be met. Comrades are international, brothers and sisters in the
struggle for liberation....are they not? Does this ring bells with the US
Empire...I wonder... J.

See url:

Looking at the website certain categories are excluded from publication:

Quote<<<The only possible access restrictions: A persons who are a victims of
repression, have the right to restrict access to archival information about
themselves. Such rights does not apply to people who were employees of
repressive bodies and then became victims of repression.>>>end of quote.

However, allowing the access to the archives will be of paramount
importance...as long as it doesn’t exclude the role of the present and past
leadership of the Ukraine. After all, they too have a murky past under the
Soviet regime. Fascism in the Ukraine never died, with or without Soviet help.

Not a lot of people know this, but the people of the Ukraine suffered something
terrible under Stalin and the Soviet regime in the 1930’s. It is the Ukraine
version of the Holocaust . It was called “Holodomor” see url:


6 million Jews died in the Holocaust, but up to 7.5 million Ukrainians died in
the Holodomor. Both horrors were organised from the top echelons of society,
both were brutal, both were political, both were racist, both were aimed at
genocide. One was fascist, German, National Socialist, the other was Russian
National Socialist in origin. Such is my own potted version of history... but
who am I, to prick the consciences of a world hell bent on destroying the human
race and the planet?

The Wikipedia version is rather light on facts and emphasis, but it opens up
avenues of exploration as to exactly what the Soviet “Comrades” did in the name
of socialism and communism and internationalism in the 1930’s

Reminds me of the “potato famine “ in Ireland way back in the 19th Century.

See url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/rGreat_Famine_%28Ireland%29

The British had plenty of potatoes...but not for the consumption of the Irish.
Now that is something for the UK to be ashamed of...but I wasn’t born then...

That is why, I think,

“Said the general of the army,

I think that war is barmy

So, he threw away his gun,

And now he is having much more fun.



From: cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Aftermath
Sent: 11 April 2015 11:43
To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [cryptome] KGB archives will be opened and information declassified

Found this news article:

I was wondering what the list thought about it.

From the article:

On April 9, 2015, The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian Parliament) approved
a government bill No. 2540 opening up access to the archives of repressive
bodies of the Soviet Union totalitarian regime of 1917-1991.

Materials will be published not only on the requests of concerned citizens, but
the responsibilities of the Institute of National Remembrance will include
their systematic publication and promotion.

In the Article 7 of bill No. 2540 is said that access to Archival Information
of repressive bodies is provided by:

providing for everyone concerned the data carrier to review the archival
information or its copy;
access to a digital copy of the archive information;
publication of the information on the official website of the organizer of a
digital archival information and the copy of the archived information;
making archival references, excerpts from documents;
publication, exhibition and other forms of popularization repressive bodies’
archival information.

[and also]

The list of repressive bodies, which archives will be opened:

(including all units and departments)

Committee for State Security (KGB)

Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU)

Ministry of State Security (MGB)

All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and
Sabotage (Cheka)

The Ministry of Internal Affairs USSR

People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD)

Joint State Political Directorate


The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Cassation

The Supreme Cassation Tribunal

Ministry of Justice

Prosecution of USSR


this is the source of the articles information:

Should be interesting reading, no?


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