Russia Declassifies Secret Archival Materials


The Overseas Intelligence Service (SVR) of the Russian Federation has introduced that it’s going to declassify archival supplies all through 2022 to coincide with historic anniversaries, based on Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

“The numerous dates of the approaching yr give us a purpose to declassify a number of names and tales,” Sergey Naryshkin, director of the SVR, informed Moskovsky Komsomolets. “The Russian Overseas Intelligence Service has been working (to declassify supplies from archives) for greater than a decade.” 

Naryshkin spoke of the worth to the general public of with the ability to see historic paperwork of their authentic situation and indicated that the launched data will include “beforehand inaccessible supplies.”


A digital copy of a July 21, 1937 communication from Crimson Military Intelligence chief Yan Berzin connected to a undercover agent report detailing a Berchtesgaden assembly amongst Nazi leaders about German intervention in Spain and the rearmament of the Luftwaffe. Berzin himself was arrested by the NKVD and shot on July 29, 1938. He was rehabilitated in 1956. / World Struggle II in Archival Paperwork, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library

The newly launched paperwork may present a worthwhile useful resource for historians and tutorial researchers to achieve contemporary insights into the actions of Soviet intelligence, significantly with regard to data gathered concerning the Third Reich earlier than and through World Struggle II.

Information of the paperwork’ launch comes amid renewed efforts in Russia to digitize archival supplies and make them accessible on-line globally.

A January 1939 report of the USSR Folks’s Commissariat of Protection Business detailing army checks of fragmenting projectiles, designed to pierce concrete and armor, for arming fighter plane and firing at air and floor targets. The report on weapons testing is amongst hundreds of newly digitized archival information launched on-line. / World Struggle II in Archival Paperwork, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library

As of September 2021, the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library has launched 3,500 digitized paperwork, movie and pictures, making a complete of 5,500 launched since 2020. The supplies relationship from September 1, 1939 to June 22, 1941 can be found to most people in an on-line historic analysis database entitled “World Struggle II in Archival Paperwork.”

Compiled from eight totally different federal archives, together with the Russian State Army Archives, the information embody battle maps, Soviet intelligence information, diplomatic cables, images of home and worldwide figures and occasions, cipher telegrams, stories to Stalin, assembly and dialog transcripts, Crimson Military stories and lots of extra supplies.

Along with wartime data, the information additionally element Soviet intelligence actions from the Thirties with data gathered on Nazi Germany previous to the conflict’s outbreak. The information are sorted chronologically and are free for historic researchers and members of the general public to entry on-line. New supplies will proceed to be uploaded all through 2022.

The Russian authorities has introduced that rising applied sciences will assist within the persevering with digital launch of historic information. By July 31, Russia’s Ministry of Digital Growth, Federal State Archives and the Russian Academy of Sciences intention to finish the primary section of creating a joint plan to digitize an unlimited quantity of archival supplies utilizing synthetic intelligence expertise.  MH

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