Lviv / Prague, 31 March 2014. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience welcomes the appointment of the new Director of the National Memory Institute of Ukraine, which signals a turn toward an open history policy. The National Memory Institute of Ukraine is to follow the example of other similar state institutions in Central and Eastern Europe providing access to the archives of the repressive forces of the former totalitarian regimes.
Volodymyr Viatrovych, Head of Platform Member organisation Center for Research on the Liberation Movement, was appointed to the new position last week by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. He plans to convert the Institute to a state institution with an own archive consisting of declassified KGB materials from 1918-1991. His partner in the task will be Ihor Kulyk, the newly appointed Archive Director of the Security Service of Ukraine, his former colleague from the Center for Research on the Liberation Movement.
The Platform congratulates its Ukrainian Members on this major success in their consistent struggle for an open approach to the records of the totalitarian past. The results of this work will help to shed light on some of the darkest chapters of European history.