Latvia's KGB files have info on at least 4,650 people

KGB documents currently held by the Constitutional Protection Bureau contain files on at least 4,650 people. According to the commission for the study of KGB materials, this is an approximate figure - the Constitutional Protection Bureau has declined to provide specific details as this could infringe on personal data protection rules.

The KGB files in question would identify part of KGB agents who were recruited from 1944 to 1991. Most of these persons each have one file, but some have two or even three files. Some of these persons are referred to as candidates for recruitment.

It appears from the documents that KGB recruited agents across all layers of society - students, including minors, kolkhoz workers, cultural and education workers, scientists, the clergy, and others.

LETA has information that, for example, 77 agents were from various religious organizations, about half of them from Roman Catholic Church. A Rīga rabbi was also among KGB agents. Some of the agents, who were studying at the time, have since become notable church leaders outside Latvia.

About 600 agents were cultural workers - authors, composers, artists, film and theater workers, musicians, DJs, ballet artists, and others.

About half of the agents were Latvian, but there were also Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish and Jewish agents, and also a few from Germany and France.

Some 350 files date back to the 1940s and 1950s - most of these agents were used by the KGB to destroy national partisan units.

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