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Researchers request investigation of disappearance of Godmanis KGB case

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The committee responsible for investigating KGB documents in Latvia has requested Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers to commence an investigation regarding the disappearance of documents detailing former Ministers Council Chairman Ivars Godmanis’ possible cooperation with KGB.

In the announcement to the press, the committee also requested to provide information if the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office officials, Cabinet of Ministers, the State Chancellery, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the public prosecutor’s office or the Supreme Court had requested or had received the original of the aforementioned case from Riga District Court at some point in the past.

Currently the committee has no reason to commence a criminal process. This is because it is unknown who and for what reasons had taken Godmanis’ case from Riga District Court’s archive. For example, if it turns out that the Cabinet of Ministers had requested materials of the case, it would be necessary to discuss this situation from an ethical viewpoint.

On 8 November, Riga District Court refused to provide information to the committee, saying that the request put in on 3 October cannot be satisfied and materials of the requested materials of the case would not be provided. The reason for the refusal is that materials of the case are no longer found in the archive.

Previously, Valmera Court had reported that materials of other KGB cooperation cases had been disposed of and that it is no longer possible to go through testimonies, committee reports.

A request has also been sent to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

LETA’s archive states that Jurmala City Court found no proof of Godmanis’ cooperation with KGB in the September 1998 session.

The prosecutor in charge of the case had information that Godmanis was registered as a KGB agent in the period between 31 March 1988 and 24 January 1990. His nickname was Pubulis.

Godmanis’ recruiter, Dmitrijs Meļņičuks, testified in court. At the time, he was working in the Higher and Secondary Special Education Ministry. Prosecutor Kārlis Kudreņickis admitted in debates that the court should not take Meļņičuks’ testimony seriously, because he was too unclear in his answers and his testimony conflicted with KGB’s instructions.

Although Godmanis’ registration card with KGB is said to be linked to his scientific practice in Austria (from October 1986 to July 1987) and regular submission of reports to education institutions, Godmanis said it himself that it is confusing that his registration card was registered much later, which seemed illogical to him.

Other witnesses testified that a person could serve as a KGB agent without even knowing it.

Godnamis told Latvijas Radio that he kept the ruling of the court. In addition, he said he was the first to ask the court to check concerns about his possible KGB past in court prior to elections.

Even now the former politician allows that his surname showed up in KGB documents when he travelled to Austria for almost a year. «I turned to court and the matter was reviewed. The court declared in the end that I had not cooperated with KGB. I have a copy of the ruling. As for materials of the case, let the court explain where they are. As far as I can remember, the people who travelled outside the county as scientists were registered in some lists, but that does not mean those people automatically cooperated with KGB and served as their agents. I can say this, at the very least, about myself,» said Godmanis.


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