Political Police Archives in Ukraine and Georgia: A Research Note

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After the deluge of archival declassification that took place following the collapse of the Soviet Union, historians of Soviet society, and of the political police in particular, are still denied access to the FSB archives in Russia. However, a combination of political turmoil and military conflict has led to the opening of the entire archives of other Soviet-era political police services. This article will discuss why research into the Soviet political police remains critically important, examine the opening of the archives in Georgia and Ukraine, and explain what these archives contain and how to use them. Finally, possibilities for new areas of research are explored.




Corrigan, P. (2020). Political Police Archives in Ukraine and Georgia: A Research Note. Europe - Asia Studies, 72(1), 117–131. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2019.1686127

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