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KGB Surveillance in the Soviet Baltic Republics Symposium

Faculty Host: Dr. Bradley Woodworth, Baltic Studies Coordinator, Yale University

Location:  Luce Hall, Rm 203 | 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Bringing together scholars and archivists who work with KGB documents left behind by the Soviet state security apparatus, this one-day symposium will address the legacy of the Soviet period in the three now-independent countries of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:00 am  Coffee

9:25 am  Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Bradley Woodworth, Baltic Studies Coordinator, Yale University

9:30 - 11:10 am  Panel I: KGB Documents in Latvia

Ainārs Bambals, National Archives of Latvia

  • “Documents on KGB Surveillance in Soviet Latvia”

Gints Zelmenis, National Archives of Latvia

  • “KGB Surveillance in Latvia from the 1960s to the 1980s: Records and Research Possibilities”

Chair: Douglas Rogers, Yale University

11:00 - 11:30 am  Coffee

11:30 am -  1:00 pm   Panel II: KGB Documents in Estonia

Meelis Saueauk, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory

  • “KGB Documents in Estonia: What We Have and How We Have Used Them” 

Ivo Juurvee, International Centre for Defence and Security (Tallinn)

  • “On the KGB Heritage in Estonia since 1991”

Chair: Aniko Szucs, Yale University

1:00 - 2:00 pm  Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm  Panel III: KGB Documents in Lithuania

Kristina Burinskaitė, Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania

  • “A Portrait of KGB Agents: Secret Collaborators Speak About Their Collaboration with the KGB”

Ramona Staveckaitė-Notari, Genocide and Research Centre of Lithuania

  • “KGB Documents and Partisan Activities in Soviet Lithuania: Current Discussions and the Case of Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas”

Chair: Bradley Woodworth, Yale University / University of New Haven

3:30 - 4:00 pm  Coffee

4:00-5:30 pm  Panel IV: An All-Baltic Perspective and Views from Ukraine

Andriy Kohut, Director of the Security Service of Ukraine Archive

  • “KGB Archives in Ukraine: Access and Description of the Holdings”

Edward Cohn, Grinnell College

  • “The KGB’s Struggle with Anti-Soviet Activity Among Youth in the Baltic Republics”

Chair: Claire Roosien, Yale University