Documentary looks at the controversy surrounding the KGB archive in Latvia

Latvian Television has produced a new episode of its documentary series "The Keys", complete with English-language subtitles.

The latest episode starts in 1991 and the closure of the KGB's facilities in Latvia. Extensive though by no means complete archives from the KGB's reign of terror and intimidation were preserved, yet it was to take decades for much of the material they contained to surface into the public domain, and even then it was the subject of hot debate, as the film outlines in its history of the so-called "Cheka bags".

According to LTV "The Keys" series tells of the most important or "key" events, personalities and turning points in the history of the Latvian state from 1918 to the present. The purpose is to reveal each selected event from an unusual point of view, as if "unlocking the door" to lesser known and therefore particularly intriguing facts. 

"Such an exploratory approach, bypassing the usual stereotypes of presenting history, will allow viewers to perceive what is known to others and to better understand what has happened in the context of today's experience," says LTV.

Throughout the year, Latvian history will be told in 'mixed order' - events will not be sequenced year by year, but viewed in the exact month in which they occurred

The show is made by VFS Films, a long-time partner of Latvian Television and it is hosted by Mārtiņš Ķibilds, a distinguished cultural journalist who sadly passed away late last year.

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