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19.03.2010

SBU electronic archive in safe academic hands

   

The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy [NaUKMA] and Lviv National Ivan Franko University have received the database of the open electronic archive of Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU]. This contains over 17 thousand copies of archival documents. More than double this number were ready to be added to the database, however the process has been stopped. As reported here, the recently-appointed Head of the SBU Valery Khoroshkovsky, almost immediately announced a shift in focus and claimed that “all the truth that needed to be made available to the Ukrainian people had been made so.”

The open electronic archive began its functions in October 2008, with the main objective being to simplify access and use of documents in the SBU Archive. Through the next 6 months it was expanded to include all regional centres. Up till the last few days material was being added to the electronic archive on a daily basis by the staff of the SBU Archive and volunteers from civic organizations and universities.

On 11 March the new Head of the SBU said that work on declassifying archival material was being suspended and on that same day President Yanukovych dismissed the Director of the Archive Volodymyr Vyatrovych.

On 18 March, Mr Vyatrovych took part, together with the President of NaUKMA, Serhiy Kvit, in a formal presentation to students and academic staff of the open electronic archive.

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