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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Historians Put Once-Secret KGB Files Online

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Once-secret KGB files can now be viewed online, thanks to a project started by Lithuanian historians who want to shed light on the clandestine workings of the former Soviet police agency.

Secret directives sent from Moscow to KGB headquarters in the three Baltic states -- Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia -- are now available to anyone with Internet access.

Among other things, the files list suspected traitors and people sentenced to death.

Internet users can also learn about the complex workings of the KGB and a predecessor, the NKVD. The documents, which are scanned from the originals, can be viewed in English and Russian.

Dalia Kuodyte, the director of the Vilnius-based Genocide and Resistance Research Center, said the project aimed to prove beyond doubt that the Baltic states were occupied by the Soviet Union after World War II.

"Historians from the three countries have always been annoyed by Russian propaganda claiming that there had never been any occupation of any of the three Baltic states," she said.

Kuodyte stressed, however, that if the name of a Lithuanian citizen who was a former KGB agent or informant were discovered, it would not be made public.