Folder with KGB documents found by accident

A map with documents about the repressions of the 1940s was found, containing KGB documents. It was probably collected by a KGB employee. It was found after a new owner of a house found it while sorting the things that came with the house. The documents were handed to the Latvian Association of Lawyers, reported Latvian Television on Saturday.

It's amazing that documents like these are still intact, according to the lawyers who have acquired the brown folder. The KGB informant had chronologically listed his part in events from 1947 to 1953 in the last years of Stalin's rule when the Soviets were killing disloyal subjects. The documents were addressed to the management of the KGB and were written up in the 1980s with a goal of receiving privileged treatment.

"The man wanted to receive a status of a war veteran to buy products in a special store, and that's all.

The fact that he succeeded is attested to by the invitation to attend the 'HR' segment of KGB," deputy head of the Lawyers' Association Astrīda Babāne told Latvian Television.

The documents attest to 54 operations of national security and special forces with the participation of KGB agents. They took place in Kurzeme, Zemgale and Lithuania. 

Each paragraph ends with a list - "bandits killed, taken captive and arrested."

Latvian National partisans are the bandits referred to in the document. The author of the documents had taken part in an attack against a Lithuanian-Latvian partisan group that in the forest of Īle had dug the largest bunker in the Baltics.

"If an arrest or an encroachment of a partisan group took place, it didn't end with the capture of one, two, or ten people. Civilians suspected of aiding [them] were arrested too. It is very much related to repressions, torture and imprisonment of civilians. That's the moral aspect: his [the agent's] advances are responsible for the destruction of very many people," said Inese Dreimane, a historian at the Museum of Occupation.

While Astrīda Babāne said that the KGB agent had confirmed his accounts with testimony from other KGB - who killed how many, for example, - but there's no one to arrest now as the KGB agents are all dead already.

"The fact that these activities are punishable follows from, for example, that Latvia was in the Soviet Union unlawfully. And even if we think that we were in the Soviet Union [lawfully], it still was one of the leaders of the UN and had signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Everything [that was described] is against the Declaration," said Rihards Bunka, the head of the Lawyers' Association.

Inese Dreimane told LTV that folders like these are a rare find. The folder has been handed to the Center of Documenting the Consequences of Totalitarism.

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