Lithuania’s Genocide and Resistance Research Centre (LGGRTC) will remove the database of KGB recruits from its website, saying the records will still be accessible in national archives.
“I am sorry for the fact that the centre’s investigation that has lasted for a number of years has led to inadequate reactions and unfounded judgements in the public, therefore, the centre’s new management decided to remove this investigation from its website,” Adas Jakubauskas, the recently appointed new head of the LGGRTC, told reporters on Thursday.
Speaking with BNS after the press conference, he confirmed that the Register of KGB Agency Archive Personal Records will be removed from the www.kgbveikla.lt website.
“It has been there for three years, so there was sufficient time for everyone to get acquainted with it, and the KGB documents will be accessible at the Lithuanian Special Archives,” Jakubauskas said.
The LGGRTC started publishing the list of people recruited by the Soviet security services in late 2012 and finished doing so in 2018. The registry contains information on 1,669 people.
The LGGRTC underlined that the registry should be viewed critically. All agents on this list were recruited by the KGB or other security agencies, but not all of them wanted to cooperate with the Soviet security. Moreover, the extent of their cooperation varied widely.
Based on the remaining KGB documents, it can be assumed that some 118,000 people in Lithuania secretly cooperated with the KGB in 1940-1991.