Lietuvos SSR Valstybės Saugumo Komitetas Selected Records

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This collection consists of more than one thousand microfilm reels and some digitized copies of Lithuanian KGB files related to intelligence and counterintelligence activities of the secret police against dissident and anti-Soviet movements and to problems with repatriation and nationalism in Lithuania. An English-language overall guide to the collection is updated when new materials arrive.

The microfilm and digitized copies represent selected records of the Lietuvos SSR ValstybÄ—s Saugumo Komitetas (Committee of State Security of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, LSSR KGB), 1940–91, held at the Lietuvos Ypatingasis Archyvas (Lithuanian Special Archives). Detailed Russian-language finding aids created by the Lithuanian Special Archives are available for each opis (records series) on this website.

The finding aids, which are arranged by file number within each opis, provide a description, number of pages, and the inclusive dates of each file. In some cases, the Lithuanian archives removed certain files and pages from the microfilm sent to Hoover because they contained personal names that could not be released due to privacy concerns. Entire files removed from the microfilm are indicated in the reel contents list on the microfilm at the beginning of each opis.

Lietuvos SSR Valstybės Saugumo Komitetas Selected Records [english finding aid]

Fond K-1, Lietuvos SSR Valstybės Saugumo Komitetas records

Opis 2, Counterintelligence Department of the NKVD-MGB-KGB of the LSSR records, 1941–55 (8 reels)

Opis 3, Structural Subdepartments for Struggle against Lithuanian Nationalistic Underground and Counterintelligence Divisions of the NKVD-KGB of the LSSR records, 1940–85 (356 reels)

Opis 10, Secretariat of the NKGB-MGB-KGB of the LSSR records, 1940–91 (201 reels)

Opis 14, City Departments of the NKGB-KGB of the LSSR records, 1944–87 (94 reels)

Opis 45, Permanent records management files of the NKVD-NKGB-MGB-KGB of the LSSR, 1926–91 (418 reels)

Fond K-15, Records of the 10th Department of the Committee of State Security (KGB) of the Lithuanian SSR
Opis 2, Copies of documents on execution of death penalties, 1944–47 (24 PDF files)

Fond K-16, Inspectorate under the chair of the committee of state security (KGB) of the Lithuanian SSR records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the inspectorate], 1946–58 (12 reels)

Fond K-17, Pretrial detention center of the committee of state security (KGB) of the Lithuanian SSR records

Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the pretrial detention center], 1944–91 (13 reels)

Opis 2, Prisoners' personal files, 1944–90 (10 reels)

Fond No. K-19, Oblast level directorates of the ministry of state security (MGB) of the Lithuanian SSR records

Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the oblast level directorates], 1949–53 (212 reels).

Fond K-20, Fourth department of the ministry of state security (MGB) of the Lithuanian SSR records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the fourth department], 1943–53 (31 reels)

Fond K-21, Operative Departments of the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) and the Ministry of State Security (MGB) records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the operative departments], 1943–53 (20 reels)

Fond K-22, Special department of the USSR people's commissariat of internal affairs (NKVD) for the 29th rifle corps of the Baltic military district (Okrug) records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the special department], 1940–41 (1 reel)

Fond K-23, Republican commission of the committee of state security (KGB) of the Lithuanian SSR for revision of criminal cases of persons kept in camps, colonies, and prisons of the USSR MVD or in exile in special settlements for counterrevolutionary crimes records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the republican commission], 1949–53 (26 reels)

Fond K-26, Department of the USSR committee of state security (KGB) on the Lithuanian railway records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the department], 1944–60 (25 reels)

Fond K-27, School number 303 of the committee of state security (KGB) under the USSR council of ministers records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the school], 1946–60 (12 reels)

Fond K-31, General service department of the committee of state security (KGB) of the Lithuanian SSR records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the general service department], 1945–59 (6 reels)

Fond K-40, Records of the Investigative Department of the Committee of State Security (KGB) of the Lithuanian SSR
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities of the department, 1944–85 (247 PDF files)

Opis 2, Files Relating to the activities of the department, 1940–41, 1976, 1980, 1987–89, and undated (13 PDF files)

Fond K-42, Personnel department of the committee of state security (KGB) of the Lithuanian SSR records
Opis 1, Files relating to the activities [of the personnel department], 1962-88 (60 pdf files)

Opis 2, Files relating to the activities [of the personnel department], 1945-90 (38 pdf files)

Cover of register describing Opis 3

Lithuanian KGB Files on Microfilm at Hoover

Monday, March 29, 2010

More than one thousand reels of microfilmed records of the KGB in Lithuania are available at the Hoover Archives, and the collection continues to grow.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stanford historian Amir Weiner recently examined the newly accessible KGB files housed in the Hoover Institution Archives. Weiner found that “a system of checks and balances in today's Western-style democracies prevents agencies like the FBI from engaging in domestic surveillance at the same invasive scale as the KGB” (Stanford Report). The collection is composed of tens of thousands of documents, including informants' reports, interrogation minutes, and official internal correspondence. Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the KGB archives are the largest accessible holdings (Russian and Ukrainian holdings are, for all practical purposes, closed) of the Soviet political police, which were left almost intact in Vilnius, Lithuania, after the Soviet Union disintegrated.

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From left: Hoover fellows Paul Gregory, Eric Wakin, and Mark Harrison.

Hoover Fellow Mark Harrison discusses the secret police

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mark Harrison, a Hoover fellow Warwick University professor, spoke Monday on his research in the Hoover Archives Lithuanian KGB Collection before an audience of international scholars, Hoover fellows, and Stanford faculty, attending the 11th annual Hoover Archives Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes. His talk was entitled: “What Do Secret Policemen Really Do: Preventive Surveillance; Evidence from the Archives of the Lithuanian KGB.”

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Mark Harrison discusses his research using the Lithuanian KGB records at the Hoo

Hoover Archives Research Recap: Professor Mark Harrison

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mark Harrison, a Hoover research fellow and professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, discusses his research using the Lithuanian KGB records at the Hoover Institution Archives. For more information about the collection, click here.

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