On April 9, 2015, The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian Parliament) approved a government bill No. 2540 opening up access to the archives of repressive bodies of the Soviet Union totalitarian regime of 1917-1991.
Materials will be published not only on the requests of concerned citizens, but the responsibilities of the Institute of National Remembrance will include their systematic publication and promotion.
In the Article 7 of bill No. 2540 is said that access to Archival Information of repressive bodies is provided by:
providing for everyone concerned the data carrier to review the archival information or its copy;
access to a digital copy of the archive information;
publication of the information on the official website of the organizer of a digital archival information and the copy of the archived information;
making archival references, excerpts from documents;
publication, exhibition and other forms of popularization repressive bodiesâ€™ archival information.
The list of repressive bodies, which archives will be opened:
(including all units and departments)
Committee for State Security (KGB)
Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU)
Ministry of State Security (MGB)
All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage (Cheka)
The Ministry of Internal Affairs USSR
People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD)
Joint State Political Directorate
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of Cassation
The Supreme Cassation Tribunal
Ministry of Justice
Prosecution of USSR