the Permanent denial of regional archives to provide researchers information about the fate of the repressed citizens of the USSR, who were serving sentences in the camps, can be associated with the destruction of registration cards of prisoners. This opinion was expressed by the representative of the research Department of the Newest history of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Tikhon Orthodox humanitarian University (pstgu), candidate of historical Sciences Lydia Golovkova, reports RIA Novosti.
“For those who work with documents investigation of cases, this is not news. Since the early 1990-ies we only rarely can know about the fate of the convict camp at the time,” she said. Golovkova said that attempts to make requests to the regional files are always ended with the message that no such information. “We have long known that “death cases” and cases of deaths in prisons under investigation are in the archives for permanent storage, but these were not all, as about 65-70 per cent”, she added.
According to Golovkova, registration cards were compiled after the destruction of investigative cases — after the release of the convicted person. In these documents was information about their names, places of detention and date of release. “Archival account or card is not an investigative case, they take minimal space, but they must be millions and millions. Must of these are already destroyed. But we must make every effort to this barbarism stopped,” she said.
Earlier on June 8, the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to Director of the Museum of Gulag history Roman Romanov announced that in 2014 the country has a classified order, on the basis of which destroyed the archival data of the repressed citizens of the USSR. According to this document, cards with information about repressed Soviet citizen and his stay in the Gulag must be destroyed once they reach 80 years.