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Russia's secret FSB files will never be declassified - head of archives
Interfax

Moscow, 7 July: Information in the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) archives about secret staff members of the security organs and the individuals who helped them confidentially can never be declassified, and case materials about people suspected of anti-Soviet activity and propaganda have been destroyed, head of the FSB's directorate of registration and archives Vasiliy Khristoforov has told Interfax.

"We keep information about the forces, measures, sources, methods, and plans used to carry out secret operations, about the results of activity, about individuals who infiltrated organized criminal groups, about secret staff members of the security organs, about people who helped the security organs on a confidential basis, and also about the organization and tactics of operations," Khristoforov told Interfax.

He said that all this information represented a state secret, and such materials could never be declassified just as would be the case in any other "effective special service in the world".

"Information about people who infiltrated organized criminal groups, about secret staff members of the security organs, or about people who helped the security organs confidentially can only be made public with those people's written consent," Khristoforov said.

He added that "The FSB central archives' operational case materials about people suspected of dissidence have now been destroyed".

In the language of the criminal code of the Soviet period, "dissidence" meant so-called anti-Soviet activity and propaganda, or criticism of the Soviet state and public system.