Posts tagged as KGB

Belarus KGB uses ‘honey trap’ to recruit Lithuanians

Friday, March 5, 2021

Lithuania’s intelligence services have warned that the Belarusian KGB is using so-called “honey trap” operations to blackmail Lithuanian citizens into working for the Minsk regime. The Belarusian secret service attempted to recruit a 34-year-old Lithuanian database administrator working at a state company, according to a report by the Lithuanian State Security Department and military intelligence released on Thursday. Tomas travelled to Grodno, which is accessible visa-free to Lithuanian citizens, with…

Lithuania’s genocide centre to remove KGB agent list from its website

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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…

Former school links new chief of Belarus KGB with Lithuania

Monday, September 7, 2020

The new chief of Belarus’ security service, the KGB, has a Lithuanian connection. Ivan Tertel went to school in southern Lithuania, the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reports. Tertel was appointed the head of the KGB – the State Security Committee of Belarus – last week, unexpectedly replacing Valery Vakulchik in the position. Tertel comes from the small village of Privalka in the Hrodna Region of northwestern Belarus. The village is…

Lithuanian Railways pays millions to ex-Latvian KGB officer’s company

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lithuania’s state-run railway company Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) and its subsidiaries have paid almost 130 million euros over a decade to Latvia’s Sigmen controlled by former Latvian KGB officer Yuri Simonenkov, according the Lithuanian national radio and television LRT’s investigation team has disclosed writes LETA/BNS. Its sources said Simonenkov (the shares officially belong to his wife) and people in his surrounding have ties with former KGB officers and agents,…

Ministry turns to intelligence body over rail contracts with Latvia’s Sigmen

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry has asked the State Security Department (VSD) for cooperation in assessing potential threats and risks following a media report that Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) has awarded millions of euros’ worth of contracts to a Latvian company linked, via former KGB officers and agents, to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs subject to US sanctions. Sigmen is one of the major…

Website with part of KGB archive in Latvia launched

Friday, December 21, 2018

Today, a part of the Latvian archive of the former Soviet secret service KGB was made available to the public at kgb.arhivi.lv. The KGB documents published on the website include alphabetic and statistical card indexes, recruited KGB agents’ dossiers, KGB employees’ phonebooks containing information on KGB employees, as well as materials on the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Latvia. The batches of KGB documents published today on…

Access to KGB documents will require personal code

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

On Tuesday, 11 December, Latvian government approved changes to the Cabinet of Ministers requirements, introducing the order under which access to KGB documents published on the website of Latvian National Archive will be provided to those interested in them, as reported by Culture Ministry. The ministry explains that in order to access documents published on LNA website, those interested will have to create an account so that it is possible…

President promulgates bill on publishing KGB files

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on Tuesday promulgated the bill on publishing files of former Soviet security service KGB, according to the announcement published in Latvijas Vestnesis official gazette. The president said earlier that this issue has to be finally solved as Latvia’s centenary approached. “I respect the parliament’s decision, which, in line with the Latvian Constitution, voices the wish of the Latvian citizens, and I will promulgate the bill,” said…

Latvian president still has not made up his mind on publication of KGB files

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis will decide on declaration of former KGB files once he has received Saeima’s final decision on approval of the legislative draft and the full text, as reported by the State President’s Chancellery. The chancellery explains that the president does support publication of KGB files and that the Saeima had supported the decision on opening the ‘KGB bag’ previously – in 2014. ‘Currently the most important matter…

CEC to decide on four candidates’ possible relation to KGB

Friday, August 17, 2018

Latvia’s Central Election Commission has received results of investigations of all 13th Saeima election candidates from Interior Affairs Ministry’s Information Centre and Latvian Centre for the Documentation of the Consequences of Totalitarianism. Information shows restrictions detailed in Saeima Elections Law may be applied to eight candidates. CEC has plans to decide on crossing out six candidates at the next meeting, said CEC representative Kristīne Bērziņa. According to information from Latvian…